Any info on this Roman Coin ?

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  1. greed ball

    greed ball Active Member

    I just got this coin and can not find any info on it. Any help ? Mon Mar 02 13-53-22.jpg Mon Mar 02 13-54-08.jpg
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  3. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    Crispus, Siscia mint.
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  4. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    I'm terrible at this, but I would start with Licinius II

    Told you I was awful...
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  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I agree with @PeteB

    Crispus, Caesar
    321-324 AD
    Obverse: IVL CRISPVS NOB C, laureate head right
    Reverse: CAESARVM NOSTRORVM around VOT X in wreath
    Mintmark BSIS sunburst

    I like that mintmark! I've not yet seen a sunburst.
  6. Obverse: IVL CRISPVS NOB C (Crispus Most Noble Caesar), Portrait of Crispus right, laurel wreathed

    Reverse: CAESARVM NOSTRORVM (Our Caesar) within wreath, VOT X

    Mint: Siscia
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  8. Constantine (his father) eventually had him rubbed out, unfortunately. He was tough on relatives. Think of the godfather.
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  9. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Crispus RIC VII 181.B....Is it laquered?
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  10. greed ball

    greed ball Active Member

    I like that you all answered me Thank You. I can not see that it is a Crispus because there is a NIS on the obverse, not a PUS unless it is a translation. I also checked Licinius , WOW Constantine really was tough on his relatives.
  11. greed ball

    greed ball Active Member

    I do not know what was done to it but it appears to have been cleaned and coated.
  12. bcuda

    bcuda Well-Known Member

    CRIS PUS is on the coin.
    Also the VOT X is a vow for 10 more years
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  13. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    CRIS on the top left and PVS on the top right. Letters on ancient coins are not always clear.
  14. greed ball

    greed ball Active Member

    I could not make heads or tails out of the letters. Thanks Again.
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  15. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    This one matches yours except for one letter but will serve to compare letter for letter. Each die was cut individually so they vary more than modern hubbed dies. This one is from workshop three (gamma before SIS) while yours is shop two (beta before SIS). As these go, yours is reasonably clear except for the C in Crispus which I suspect was damaged when the coin was cleaned too aggressively. Reading these coins takes a little practice. The abbreviations take a bit of practice, too. IVL is short for Julius and NOB C is his title as 'Noble Caesar'. I suggest you look at coins posted by others here and try to match up the letters as best you can. In a little time it will get easier.
  16. greed ball

    greed ball Active Member

    Thanks for the answer you gave and the coin for comparison. I will spend some time on reading the coins from now on. I also was not aware of different workshops for minting. Awesome coin you have there the devices are very sharp.
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  18. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector

    I have one with a G in front of SIS. I can't post a photo just yet as my camera is down. Any idea what that might be?
  19. Roman Collector

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    Here's an example from a different officina at the same mint:

    Crispus, AD 316-326.
    Roman AE centenionalis, 2.93 g, 18.2 mm, 6 h.
    Siscia, AD 320-321
    Obv: IVL CRISPVS NOB C, laureate head, right.
    Rev: CAESARVM NOSTRORVM around wreath enclosing VOT X; ЄSIS* in exergue.
    Refs: RIC 165; Cohen 44; RCV 16772.
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