Valentinian Posted August 18, 2022 · Member Share Posted August 18, 2022 You'd think Roman mints would know how to spell the emperor's name, but the name of the emperor we call Licinius was not consistently spelled that way even after a few years had gone by. Here is typical coin with the usual spelling: IMP LICINIVS AVGSimple! 19 mm. 3.27 grams. RIC Nicomedia 24However, the mints of Cyzicus, Antioch, and Alexandria sometimes spelled it with two Ns and spelled out more of his name.22 mm. 6.34 grams.VAL LICINNIANVS LICINNIVS PF AVG [Now, that's a name!]GENIO AVGVSTI CMH (the CMH ligate)Genius standingMKVΓRIC VI Cyzicus 76 "c. mid 311"Licinius was appointed Augustus in late 308 at the Conference at Carnuntum. This coin is from 2 1/2 years later and his name is spelled with two Ns. Most other mints spell it with one N.Some legends at Cyzicus and Nicomedia, like this one, end with the enigmatic elided CMH: If that is really CMH, what does it mean? I don't think we know, but some have speculated that the C is 100 in Roman numerals and MH is 48 (in Greek). Maybe it is "48 to the pound" and 100 of something (denarii?). I like coins with long versions of the emperor's name. Show us a Licinius or a coin on which the emperor's name is unusually long. 20 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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