Constantine Campgate

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by SorenCoins, Oct 18, 2021.

  1. SorenCoins

    SorenCoins Well-Known Member

    Hello all!

    At the Denver Coin Expo early this month, I acquired my first ever campgate! The details were so nice I just simply couldn’t turn it down.

    I think it’s a Constantine I bronze. I just went through Constantine I coins on WildWinds and came to an ID. I compared this to the ID on the flip and they matched. Now I was curious if you all agreed with me!

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    I came to:

    324-325 AD Constantine I AE Follis
    RIC VII 264
    Arles, France
    OBV: Laureate head of Constantine I facing right / CONSTAN-TINVS AVG
    REV: Six-rowed campgate with two turrets on top and a star above, mintmark below / PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG

    The flip says it’s also Sear 16243, but WildWinds doesn’t mention the Sear number.

    Is this ID correct?

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  3. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    That's a nice example of an iconic type.

    Yes, it is RIC VII, p. 263, no. 264; Sear 16243. Sear 16243 is not as specific a reference and includes those coins catalogued in RIC as nos. 264, 265, and 280.
  4. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Go to WildWinds and do a "control f" or however you get up the search function. Type in sear 16243 and it will be found.
  5. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Collecting Since 1948 Supporter

    Nice Campgate. One of my favorites. I have 3 working in my current cleaning projects, plus the ones I have finished.
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  6. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    Nice one.

    Here's one in my collection:


  7. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Soren, Nice score, your coin has a rich patina :happy:. Pictured below is the last camp-gate I added to my collection.
    NGC 5767882-158, Epfig Hoard, Al Kowsky Collection.jpg
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2021
  8. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Looks like a good ID to me! Also a great camp gate!

    Here is the first Roman coin I ever got. Got it in trade with @Jwt708 for some military pogs when I was deployed back in 2015. I was admittedly intimidated for quite some time but once I got was all over haha.

    Constantine I, Follis, PROVIDENTIAE AVGG, dot BSIS dot.png
  9. SorenCoins

    SorenCoins Well-Known Member

    That is very good to know. Thank you. I have a clarifying question since I am not fully familiar with RIC: When you say "p. 263, no. 264," is the p. the page number and the variety is 264? Or is it one of two varieties 263 and 264? Thanks in advance.
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  10. SorenCoins

    SorenCoins Well-Known Member

    Wow! I forget how responsive the Ancients forum here on Cointalk is! Thanks for all the great information everyone.
    Thank you! I did the search function for "gate," but didn't think to do it for "16243" lol.
    That's quite exciting. It really is quite an extensive series of issues with this design.
    Awesome! I like the crisp detail on the gate itself. Is it bronze?
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  11. SorenCoins

    SorenCoins Well-Known Member

    Thank you both :) Those are some awesome coins you're sharing. Great story @furryfrog02 and awesome hoard coin @Al Kowsky.
  12. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    It's RIC 264 for the Arles mint listings. It happens to be on page 263. But there is more than one RIC VII no. 264, so you have to specify by giving the mint or the page number. For example, there's an RIC VII 264 on p. 325, which is among the Rome mint listings.
  13. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    My first campgate, and my SECOND ever Ancient coin was also a campgate.
    Constantine I RIC 34 (2020_11_18 03_38_31 UTC).jpeg

    Specialists who are above my pay grade sometimes pursue all sorts of obscure little features - open doors, turrets, levels of the gate, and other features allow one to specialize.
  14. Tejas

    Tejas Well-Known Member

    I love the camp gate series. I'm not too worried about little details like open gates or turrets, but since they are so common I rather like to see them in great condition and with superbe busts. Here is one of my favourites.
    Constantine II
    Mint: Trier

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  15. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark all my best friends are dead Romans Dealer

    a recent example


    Constantine I
    A.D. 318- 319
    19mm 3.1g
    CON-STANTI-NVS AVG; cuirassed and helmeted bust left, spear pointing forward and shield on left arm.
    VIRTVS AVGG; camp gate with closed doors with arch and three turrets with circular decorations, across fields P-R
    In ex. RP
    RIC VII Rome 178
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2021
  16. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    That's a beautiful coin Victor. Also thanks for the coin I showed.
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