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    Constantine II as Caesar. 317-337 AD. Solidus, 4.19g (11h). Nicomedia. Obv: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C Bust laureate, cuirassed right, seen from front, fold of cloak on front shoulder. Rx: VIRTVS CON - STANTINI CAES Caesar, bare-headed, in military dress, cloak over shoulders and flying forward, advancing right, dragging captive by hair with right hand and holding trophy over shoulder with left; SMNM in exergue. RIC 181 var. (different mintmark). Depeyrot 44/3, p. 130 (2 specimens with mintmark SMNM). Beautifully drawn and executed reverse. EF.

    Ex Markov, MBS 7, 1999, lot 210.

    A rare reverse type of Constantine II, apparently known in only a couple of specimens. Not in Cohen; not in Radnoty Alföldi, Die constantinische Goldprägung. Bruun, in RIC VII, knew only a unique piece in Munich with a variant mintmark. Depeyrot, finally, records the same Munich coin, plus two in trade with the same mintmark as ours: Societé de banque suisse, 1979, 523 and Burgan, 2 July 1988, 23. Thus ours might be only the third or fourth specimen known of the type, depending on whether or not it is identical with one of the two in trade cited by Depeyrot.


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    April, 2011
    14th Thursday
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