Constantine II, question please.

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  1. bcuda

    bcuda Well-Known Member

    I have been trying to do some research on a coin I have.
    and could use some help please.

    It is a
    Constantine II, AE follis of Rome.
    CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
    VOT X-ET XV F squiggle CS (REDUCS) all in three lines within wreath.
    (Mintmark is the 3rd line)

    I found one like it in wildwinds but it has squiggle CT, not the CS
    and says it is RIC VII Rome 206.
    Extremely rare. Rated R5. Also in wildwinds it states image provided by Roma numismatics.

    Can someone check the RIC Vol VII 206 and see if what is listed is the CT or CS please.

    Also I have read up on a lot of the VOW,s and what they mean does anyone know what the vow on my coin means?

    Thank you so much !

    Here is my coin on the left.


    Here is a pic of the one like mine in wildwinds.

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  3. David@PCC

    David@PCC Well-Known Member

    RIC has 3 entries for 206 CP, CS, & CT. Their rarity does not mean much, but that coin is a rarity.
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  4. bcuda

    bcuda Well-Known Member

    Thank you David@PCC for your help

    Is it possible that the P , S and T is , I, P (for prima). II, S (for secunda) . III, T (for tertia) officina numbers ? And if so what would the first second and third actually mean ?
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  5. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    I'll take an educated guess...

    Did some research on @Valentinian's site and found this about this style of vota:

    He's vowing for two future dates (soluta) and not years past (suscepta): "here's to what will most likely be a great 10 years, and a great 15 years! Why not, right? I think I'll be here for a while... "

    And F is for FIL, so maybe a reference to his being the son of Constantine the Great?
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
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  6. bcuda

    bcuda Well-Known Member

    Thank you Justin Lee for the information.:)
  7. David@PCC

    David@PCC Well-Known Member

    That is correct, also quarta exists for the type.
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  8. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    the F in the legend stands for felicibus (happy)

    Part of this mint mark is a cryptogram, and is Greek for eros (the squiggle), which in Latin is amor. Amor and Roma are palindromes.
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