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Valens siliqua - SMTC mintmark ?!


Heliodromus

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7 minutes ago, Heliodromus said:

I didn't notice the WVLT ! I just realized the "S" of VALENS is sideways too !

It was the "+" vs "X" that first caught my eye.

I agree it does seem to be unofficial, but also seems to be silver .. or is it a fouree with a base metal core ?

The reverse also looks like it has some sort of delamination that shows the same material as on the surface. Possibly a silver alloy. I dont think these were meant to defraud anyways, they were prestige objects in the 'barbaricum' so knock-off items were bound to appear.

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I see no SNTC or SMTC mintmark listed in Roman Silver Coins V (Carausius to Romulus Augustus), or in the Depeyrot volume covering coins during the 337-491 period (although that book is limited to gold coins). The closest is SMTS for Sacra Moneta/Thessalonica.

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