An Common-Looking but Unpublished (?) Antoninianus of Otacilia Severa

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  1. Harry G

    Harry G Well-Known Member

    Hi all!

    I just picked up this interesting antoninianus of Otacilia Severa

    otacilia severa pvdicitia avg i.png
    Obverse: MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG / Diademed, Draped bust r. on crescent
    Reverse: PVDICITIA AVG / Pudicitia seated left, holding sceptre and drawing veil from face

    (sorry for poor quality photos - I've had to use the seller's pics)

    The PVDICITIA types are very common for Otacilia Severa, however my coin has an I in the exergue, which (as far as I can tell) is unpublished. I can't find any similar examples anywhere (acsearch, Wildwinds, RIC, OCRE etc.)

    Would this "I" indicate that my coin was minted from the 1st officina? I thought that Otacilia Severa's coins were only limited to the 4th

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks! :)
     
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  4. Barry Murphy

    Barry Murphy Well-Known Member

    Here’s another from the same die. Looks like just a die break to me.


    barry Murphy

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  5. Barry Murphy

    Barry Murphy Well-Known Member

    I say die break because when you blow up the image I don’t see any signs of die cutting. Edges are rough and irregular. 6ACF8C93-A1BC-4201-9FC4-16227B19B0FD.png
     
  6. Mac McDonald

    Mac McDonald Well-Known Member

    Just for the record: A Common-Looking...etc...not "An"...
     
  7. Barry Murphy

    Barry Murphy Well-Known Member

    Seriously????
     
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  8. Harry G

    Harry G Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your help, everyone! :)

    That's awesome! Where did you find that?
     
  9. Barry Murphy

    Barry Murphy Well-Known Member

    That photo is from Coin Archives from a Roma sale. I’m sure I’ve seen a few others with the same die break. I have several hundred Otacilia ants on my desk. When I get to them I’ll see if there are any others there.

    Barry Murphy
     
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  10. ominus1

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    ...well if it ain't ole macdonald the gammar nazi...
     
  11. ominus1

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    ..Barry Murphy's the man to listen to here...:)
     
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