Galeria Valeria variant

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  1. eparch

    eparch Well-Known Member

    This is a commom coin of Galeria Valeria with a star in the right field
    Galeria Valeria. Augusta, AD 293(?)-311. Æ Follis Cyzicus
    GAL VAL-ERIA AVG, diademed and draped bust right
    VENERI V-ICTRICI, Venus standing facing, head left, holding
    apple in right hand and raising drapery over shoulder with left

    However, I now have a variant on this coin with three pellets
    in the right field, which I can't find in the references:


    Can anyone tell me what these pellets indicate ?
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  3. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    @eparch..Very nice coin! lovely detail....I see that the Cyzicus mint also has a 1 dot variety both RIC#71.
    I always assumed these field symbols were control marks but could be wrong!

    Here's one of mine from Thessalonica..
    Galeria Valeria AD 305-311, AE follis of Thessalonica. 27.63mm/ 5.79 grams
    Obverse > GAL VALE-RIA AVG, Diademed bust facing, head right, hair weaved in rows and curled around side of head at base of neck, wearing embroidered robes with two necklaces.
    Reverse > VENERI V-ICTRICI,Venus standing facing, head left, apple in uplifted right hand, raising drapery over left shoulder with left hand. Star in left field,Gamma in right field.
    Mintmark > dot SM dot TS dot. RIC VI #36 Thessalonica ; Officina 3, AD December 308- May 310.
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  4. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    it's RIC VI Cyzicus 71, rated as common and struck in A.D. 311.
  5. eparch

    eparch Well-Known Member

  6. Alegandron

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

    Nice coin, @eparch ... nope, not a clue to the 3 Dots. That is a neat device.

    RI Galeria Valeria AE23 Follis 308-310 CE Venus apple SMNGamma 5.42g RIC VI 57
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