Constantine Votive from Thessalonica

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  1. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    I have a votive of Constantine I from Thessalonica:
    Constantine2.jpg
    AE19
    Thessalonica mint, A.D. 324
    Obv: CONSTAN-TINVS
    Rev: D N CONSTANTINI MAX AVG - Laurel wreath around VOT/XX in 2 lines
    TSEVI in exergue
    19 mm, 2.9 g

    In the mint mark, TSEVI, the TS stands for Thessalonica, E is the officina. Does anyone know what VI represents?
     
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  3. John Conduitt

    John Conduitt Well-Known Member

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  4. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    That would make sense. Yet, as you noted, there is a small group of coins with TS_VII mint marks that, according to RIC, were minted in 320. Do you think the VII is just an engraver's error?
     
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  5. Victor_Clark

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    the theory that VI means Constantine's six consulship, is a good one; but it is just a theory. The first problem is that there is also a TSAVII issued after the TSAVI, which makes sense numerically; but then it goes back to TSAVI...so maybe just an error. The bigger problem with VI meaning his consulship is that TSAVI was in use for four years.
     
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