ambr0zie Posted June 13, 2022 · Member Share Posted June 13, 2022 (edited) Hello ladies and gentlemen, Just won an interesting Late Roman coin. I would say LRB, but it's not exactly the case. Constantine I the Great AD 306-337. Treveri BI argenteus, AD 310-313. IMP CONSTANTI-NVS AVG, cuirassed bust of Constantine left, wearing helmet with high crest, spear in right hand over shoulder, mappa in left / VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP, two Victories standing facing each other, holding shield inscribed VOT PR on altar; PTR in exergue. RIC VI -- (cf. RIC VII 208a). Note from Beast Coins research site: RIC VII describes this coin as an AE folles (or AE3), however, this series coincides with other series from other mints, where Constantine introduced a billon argenteus denomination. Both the AE3 module and AR argenteus will be listed under the same RIC number, even though this issue begins this reverse type and was actually minted in AD 310-313 and should have appeared in RIC VI with the other billon argentei issues of Licinius I and Maximinus II. Obviously I was attracted to the idea of having a Late Roman coin that is not bronze. And I can't say I dislike the portrait either. Although the condition is not great, in my opinion the coin is very interesting. On research I found some interesting info, for example for this much better Heritage specimen https://www.biddr.com/auctions/heritage/browse?a=654&l=675958 where I took the description from. Note that the obverse legend break is different, but I found legends similar to mine on other specimens. As checked RIC VII 208a, the coin listed is indeed a follis, so the description and theory that this coin was omitted from previous RIC volume is correct. Would you support this theory? and of course, please post silver or billon Late Roman coins. Edited June 13, 2022 by ambr0zie 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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