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    Maximianus. 286-305 AD. Argenteus, 3.16g (12h). Alexandria, c. 295 AD. Obv: MAXIMI - ANVS AVG Head laureate right. Rx: PROVIDEN - TIAE AVGG Four emperors sacrificing over tripod altar before gate of four-turreted enclosure, ALE in exergue, A in left field. RIC 7b (R5, unique in Oxford), pl. 16 (same dies) = Gautier, Argentei d'Alexandrie, Rev. num. 1984, p. 138, no. 2. Apparently only the second recorded specimen, from the same dies as the first, and allowing a corrected reading of the officina number, A not Δ. EF.

    Ex Artemide Aste, lot 147

    Tetrarchic argentei of Alexandria are very rare; for all emperors and all issues, Gautier in 1984 found in museum and private collections and in published catalogues only a total of 39 specimens. Our particular argenteus had previously been known in only one example, in Oxford ex Glendining, 10 October 1951, lot 24, a holed and somewhat worn piece, whose officina letter in left field has been read as Δ = 4. Our coin, much finer, is apparently only the second known, and comes from the same dies as the Oxford piece. It shows that the officina number should actually be read as A=1, since the crossbar is located about one-third of the way up the two diagonal strokes, not at their bottom.


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    April, 2011
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