Click on thumbnail to view coin full size X when done. This is a Bastien Intermediate coin for discussion - not in RIC. The discussion expands to include the folles produced at the London mint cataloged in RIC, Vol. VI, Londinium, as Group I, c. 297 - 1 May 305, No’s. 1a - 39. The Bastien intermediate follis discussed here has a bare, truncated bust with small, compact, London style lettering and long ribbon tie laying on neck. The coin obverses and reverses in this series replicate those of the Constantius Invasion coinage except in some instances the obverse busts are cuirassed (including some with elaborate consular features) and have London mint style small and compact inscriptional lettering. Here are examples of an “Invasion” follis, this Bastien intermediate follis, and a Constantius London mint first issue follis for comparison: “Invasion follis”, RIC Volume VI, Lugdunum, No. 17b, Galerius Maximian, Caesar of the East. Although produced at an unknown continental mint (possibly Lyon or Boulogne) it is cataloged as Lugdunum mint in RIC. Truncated, bare neck bust. The inscriptional lettering is relatively large with delicate letterforms. “Bastien Intermediate follis” (Galerius Maximian), Mint uncertain, not in RIC. Truncated, more compact, bare neck bust. The inscriptional lettering is London style: small, thick and compact. First issue follis (Diocletian). Minted at London, RIC, volume VI, No. 1a. Truncated, bare neck bust, strong, full portrait. The inscriptional lettering is London style small, thick, compact and somewhat poorly formed. LON in reverse exergue. Further notes: What happened to RIC, Vol. VI, LONDINIUM Group I, (ii) Class I? It was transferred to RIC, Vol. VI, LUGDUNUM, as Group I, (iv), Class I (14a-21) -- the Invasion coinage of Bastien (prior to publication). Sutherland explains all this in his Introductory text to the LONDINIUM section of RIC VI, pages 113-115 (1967 Edition). The bottom line is the quote of Sutherland that ".......... Bastien is to be followed in regarding the unmarked coins of Class I as an issue prepared in advance for Constantius' invasion of Britain in 296. LON marked coins: (struck in the names of Diocletian, Maximian Herculius, Constantius & Galerius Maximian) were the first folles produced by the re-opened London Mint (RIC volume VI, Group I, Class II) and featured Lugdunese style right facing busts with bare neck truncation and laureate heads with the long laurel wreath ribbon laying on the neck. The Genius of the Roman People reverse depictions and inscriptions are standard but with with LON (mint mark) in the exergue. The inscriptional lettering is more compact with smaller and thicker letterforms that are often poorly formed. Genius Reverse depiction: Almost always a representation of the Genius of the Roman People standing, facing left, head surmounted by a modius, naked except for a chlamys over the left shoulder, holding a patera in the right hand and cradling a cornucopia in the left arm. Intermediate Group coins (Bastien): The Intermediate folles were first proposed by Bastien. In his proposal these coins fall into two groups, those with laureate heads (a) and those with laureate, cuirassed busts (b), both of Lugdunese style and with British style inscriptional lettering. Ribbon ties: The Obverse head with the laurel wreath long ribbon end draped on the portrait neck, a recurring feature on the unknown Continental Mint invasion coinage, is also found on Intermediate Group coinage.