Featured Constantius Nummus from London

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  1. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

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    LMCC 3.01.024, RIC 37A
    8.47g, 28mm 303-May 305 AD
    Purchased from Asprey Coins, ex Spink Sale 8019 Lot 109

    I've had my eye out for a nice Constantius from the London mint, for the obvious reason that it was his military action which brought Britannia back into the empire after the secessionist reigns of Carausius and Allectus, and it was under his authority that the mint was formalised and established.

    I was pleased to find this example, minted towards the end of the period of the first Tetrarchy, and showing the fully mature style of portraiture that would become the relative norm for the remainder of the Mint's output until the rapid reduction in flan size could only support the smaller and less powerful portraits from around 313 AD onward. For example, compare the powerful and weighty bust above to a beautiful example of Constantine:

    9.05.013 (cuirassed) or 9.05.015 (trabea) - RIC VII 271
    CONSTAN - TINVS AG - Laureate and cuirassed or trabeate bust right, holding eagle tipped sceptre in right hand
    BEAT TRAN - QLITAS - Globe on altar inscribed VOT/IS/XX in three lines; above, three stars
    19mm, 3.71g, 321 AD
    ex Alan Cherry, London Coin Fair 2019

    This was not the first coin I have purchased from this particular ebayer, which was a rather attractive nummus of Galerius as Caesar:

    Galerius (2).png
    LMCC 3.01.031
    10.72g, 27mm, 303 – 1 May 305 AD
    -/-//- – London Mint

    At the time of purchasing this Galerius coin, the seller was unable to provide me with any information regarding provenance due to a computer crash. I spent a considerable amount of time trying to trace it, but to no avail.

    When I asked him regarding the new Constantius coin, he promptly provided me with a Spink sale reference and lot number (part), and after a little exploring found that both the Constantius and the Galerius had been part of one lot, and that they both came from the substantial and important collection of Dr. J S Vogelaar, a numismatist whose extensive collection was sold off in several large sales during 2008-2009.

    For information about this collection, please see this link to an interview by Lee Toone for The Celator magazine: http://www.hookmoor.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Vogelaar-Celator-Article-v2-lo-lo-res.pdf

    Please share your coins of Constantius, coins you found to have an excellent provenance after purchase, or anything you feel is appropriate.
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  3. John Conduitt

    John Conduitt Well-Known Member

    I haven't been so lucky as to discover a provenance after purchase. But here's a London Constantius I have with a good provenance:
    Constantius I, 305-306, London, 27mm, 9.50g, IMP CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, GENIO POPV-LI ROMANI, RIC VI London 52a. From the Falmouth Hoard (1865). It came with a Baldwin's paper envelope annotated by Lord Stewartby while cataloguing. (He seems to have changed his mind about the RIC reference several times!)
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  4. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

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  5. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

    Very nice example. I also have a coin from the Falmouth Hoard, a later second reduction Maximianus from his 'second reign' with the Genio Pop Rom reverse, along with the Baldwin envelope and Stewartby annotations.

    Here is the thread that I posted about it, including a link to the article Stewartby wrote on the topic:

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  6. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    Here's one, Constantius Quarter Follis

    Siscia instead of London. Siscia seemed to crank these out. I also have one of Severus II

    AE Quarter Follis
    Obverse: Bust of Constantius right, IMP C CONSTANTIVS PF AVG
    Reverse: Genius left, holding patera and cornucopia, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI
    Reference: RIC VI 167
    Mint: Siscia


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  7. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    I chose this bronze of Constantius II because it's a Centenionalis, but mostly due to its multi color final appearance. Antioch.

    Cst 2 O.JPG CstIIFH R.JPG
  8. John Conduitt

    John Conduitt Well-Known Member

    Nice write up. Yes I had a look through it at the time, trying to identify my coin, as you do!
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  9. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Thanks all I enjoyed the views.
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  10. Clavdivs

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    Constantius I
    Reign: As Caesar, A.D. 293-305.
    Denomination: Æ Follis. Diameter: 29 mm.
    Weight: 9.34 grams. Mint: Cyzicus, c. A.D. 297-299.
    Obverse: Laureate head right.
    Reverse: Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia.

    Constantius II
    AE Centenionalis AD 337-361. Constantius II bust, right. REV: soldier taking young barbarian
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  11. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Excellent coins! I love coins with a good provenance. To me it adds interest.
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  12. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    No Constantius I here, but a rather attractive Constantius II
    Constantius II RIC VIII 156.JPG
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  13. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    my only current Constantius I from London, but it is posthumous.


    Constantius I
    posthumous issue
    A.D. 307- 310
    23x25mm 6.6g
    DIVO CONSTANTIO PIO; laureate and veiled bust right.
    MEMORIA FELIX; lighted and garlanded altar, on either side eagle.
    In ex. PLN
    RIC VI London 110
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  14. Clavdivs

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    That is an amazing coin! No need for the provenance when the coins are great.
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  15. gsimonel

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    I am still looking for a Constantius I from London.
    This one is from Siscia:
    Constantius I
    Siscia mint, A.D. 300-301
    Rev: SACRA MONETA AVGG ET CAESS NOSTR - Moneta, standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae
    SIS in exergue; ✳ in left field, B in right
    RIC 135a
    28mm, 9.5g.
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  16. DonnaML

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    The only coins I have with provenances discovered after purchase are a handful that I've discovered were previously sold at CNG or Roma auctions, most recently the two Thessaly Zeus/Athena staters I bought that turned out to come from the Triton XV auction. But none from further back than about 2005, so nothing exciting. And I have no coins at all from the London mint -- at least, not anything minted in London for at least another 1,200 years!. But here are my coins of Constantius I and his grandson Constantius II, from the Heraclea and Trier mints, respectively:

    Constantius I Chlorus Caesar (father of Constantine I), Billon Follis, 296-297 AD,
    Heraclea Mint (3rd Officina). Obv. Laureate head right, FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES / Rev. Genius wearing modius on head, standing left, nude, chlamys draped over left shoulder, holding cornucopiae in left hand and pouring libation from patera in right hand, GENO POPV-L-I ROMANI; mintmark HT Γ[gamma] [Γ= 3rd Officina] in exergue. RIC VI Heraclea 18a (p. 531), Sear RCV IV 14061. 29 mm., 9.91 g.

    Constantius I Chlorus AE Follis Portrait & Genius Heraclea VF RIC 18a, jpg version.jpg

    Constantius II Caesar (son of Constantine I), silvered billon centenionalis, Trier Mint (2nd Officina) 326 AD. Obv. laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left, FL IVL
    CONSTANTIVS NOB C / Rev. Camp-gate with no doors and two turrets, star above; PROVIDEN-TIAE CAESS. In exergue: STR followed by pellet in crescent. RIC VII Trier 480S (p. 209), Sear RCV V 17618. 19 mm., 3.09 g.

    Constantius II jpg version.jpg
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  17. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

    @DonnaML That Heraclea coin is stunning. Bags of eye appeal.
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  18. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    This is my only one.

    RI Constantius I Chlorus 293-306 CE DIVO AE Quinarius Thesalonika 317-318 Seated RIC VII 25 R5 R
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