Beautiful Obverse, but...

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  1. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    This Constantinus turned out near perfect on the obverse. But, I can't seem to get much out of the reverse. I can tell that it is two victories. Some help or comments are welcome.
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  3. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    The obverse is nice. The reverse is just plain rough, but not too bad - the main elements are easy to see as well as parts of the legend.

    I think any attempt to clean it will just make the reverse bright and unattractive. I'd leave well enough alone and let time darken the surfaces more.
     
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  4. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    One of these of course. But that reverse is a mess. So many of these are from Siscia. That’s where I’d start. But there are so many varieties, you’d have to be a Victor Clark to be able to eyeball it.

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  5. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    I believe that I can narrow it down to Siscia. I think it will be posted in my album as Constantine I, Two Victories, Siscia. I was able to get the obverse real nice and I'll leave it at that.

    Thanks for the comments and support.
     
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  6. bcuda

    bcuda El Ibérico loco Supporter

    @Inspector43 I am thinking this is your coin.


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    Constantine I

    Struck, 318 A.D.

    Obv: IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG

    laureate helmet and cuirassed bust right.

    Rev: VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP

    two Victories stg., facing one another,

    together holding shield inscribed

    VOT PR on altar. 3.49 grams

    Mint mark ΔSIS ✶ (Sisica)

    RIC VII Siscia 47 Δ (Delta)
     
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  7. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    @bcuda It looks very close. My coin obverse is CONSTA-NTINVS AVG. Just a minor detail. I think I will destroy the coin if I try to get too much detail to show. Thanks for the feedback.
     
  8. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

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    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

  10. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    It's from Arles

    like below

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  11. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    @Victor_Clark Thank you. But, is it still the same coin if the line break is different? The break on mine is CONSTA-NTINVS AVG between the A and the N.
     
  12. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    sorry for the confusion, but I didn't mean that my example was the same RIC number...that's why I said "like" not "same"-- the coin I posted has the longer obverse with MAX.

    Yours is RIC 191 with recorded obverse breaks of A-N, N-T, T-I and I-N
     
  13. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    Welp. Victor has spoken. Sorry to have led you astray. Maybe I read Tesorillo wrong.
     
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  14. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    Thanks everyone. I learn something every time I pick up an ancient.
     
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