Gratian with Roman mint?

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  1. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I cleaned this up the best I could. I'd never seen a mint mark like it before. I "believe" it to be a Roman mint mark, possibly the 4th officina.

    I believe it to be:

    Gratian AE3. D N GRATIA-NVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
    SECVRITAS-REIPVBLICAE, Victory walking left holding wreath and palm branch
    Mintmark RQVARTA

    What say you?
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    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    My Gratian

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    Gratian (367- 383 A.D.)
    Æ 21
    O: D N GRATIA-NVS P F AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
    R: VIRTVS ROMANORVM, Roma seated facing, head left, holding globe and spear,Θ and Φ at sides, anta in ex.
    theta and phi officina
    Antioch Mint
    2.5g
    RIC 50b(2)
     
  4. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    My first coin ever bought Gratian.jpg is like yours.
     
  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Yours has much better lettering! Mine is all but obliterated on the obverse and I can only make out SECVRITAS and a few letters of the mint mark on the reverse. :( Still a fun detective job :)
     
  6. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    the mint mark RQVARTA means
    it is the fourth workshop from the Rome mint


    P = Prima (1)

    S = Secunda (2)

    T = Tertia (3)

    Q = Quarta (4)
     
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  7. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    It’s my first actual “Roman” coin from any of my uncleaned coins. Most have been SIS. Pretty cool:)
     
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  8. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Warren (CT Valentinian) has a good section on these halfway down this page:
    http://augustuscoins.com/ed/RomeOfficina/Officina.html

    Rule of thumb: If you have a question on a coin in RIC IX and have not read what Warren has to say on the matter, you are making a mistake.
     
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  9. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Starting the read now :)
     
  10. Sallent

    Sallent Supporter! Supporter

    gratian_siliqua_clipped_rev_1.jpeg
    Gratian, AD 367-383. AR Siliqua, 16mm, 2.2g, 12h; Trier mint, 367-378. Obv.: DN GRATIANVS P F AVG; Pearl diademed draped cuirassed bust right. Rev.: VRBS - ROMA; Roma seated left, holding Victory on globe and sceptre // TRPS•Reference: RIC IX 27f Trier.
     
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