Arcadius--RARE Unpublished Exergue Type ??

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  1. Steven Michael Gardner

    Steven Michael Gardner Well-Known Member

    Please confirm if I am correct in saying this coin has not yet been published??
    All of you Reference experts jump in on this item... Arcadius.jpg Arcadius-R.jpg
    Arcadius: Constantinople Mint 388-392 AD. Second Officina
    Size: 15mm, 1.23g

    Obverse: D N ARCADIVS P F AVG Bust of Arcadius,
    pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed, right

    Reverse: SALVS REI-PVBLICAE Victory advancing left,
    carrying trophy over shoulder with right hand, and dragging
    captive; Christogram in left field; CONS(dot)(dot) in exergue

    References: RIC –(See 86c & 90b for type; different striking)
    Very Rare, Unpublished Exergue Type,
    "Two Dots Replace Alpha-numeric ???"
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  3. Kiaora

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    The line below the captive is not straight with the line below Victory which suggests that it could be a striking artefact from a poor strike, with the 2 ‘dots’ being the remains of the legs of the captive or the feet of the officina letter (A) rather than an unknown mintmark variety
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  4. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Rule of thumb: New die types that could remotely possibly be explained as a striking artifact require confirmation with a second specimen before they can be accepted with any certainty. There can't be more that a few thousand dies of these. Finding a match might be a matter of luck but I hope you find one.
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  5. Dougmeister

    Dougmeister Well-Known Member

    >Arcadius--RARE Unpublished Exergue Type ??

    I liked your post just because you used the word "exergue"...

    I've been playing a lot of Scrabble during this quarantine ;-)
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  6. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    Arcadius. 14-13 mm. 1.46 grams.
    The mintmark seems to be CONΓ possibly followed by a dot, but the dot may be a foot of the captive. The type is, like the OP type, RIC Constantinople 86, from 388-392, issues shared with Valentinian II and Theodosius. If the OP coin has two dots, there would be something similar, a variant, for Valentinian II and for Theodosius. Not only must we heed @dougsmit 's "Rule of thumb," we should also find parallels for Valentinian II and Theodosius before we can assert the existence of a new mintmark configuration.

    That said, the OP coin is extremely nice for type and fun to contemplate.

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