Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Valentinian, Mar 29, 2021.

  1. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    Today I got a coin in the mail that cost me under $20, including shipping. Constantine is the most common Roman emperor of all, so the low price is no great surprise. I bought it for the obverse legend:

    (IMPerator Caesar FLavius VALerius CONSTANTINVS Pius Felix INVictus AVGustus)


    23 mm. 4.05 grams.
    Jupiter standing left holding globe, A in field right, wreath in field left.
    SMHT (Heraclea Thracia)
    RIC VI Heraclea 72 "Scarce, c. 312"

    It has "INV" for INVICTVS ("Unconquered") in the legend. That is somewhat unusual, although that title is sometimes used by other rulers, too.

    Melville Jones, in Dictionary of Roman Coins (A book I recommend), says it is "an epithet which was applied to the gods Hercules, Jupiter, and Mars on Roman coins, and to some emperors."

    Show us a coin with the title INVICTVS on it!
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  3. Harry G

    Harry G Well-Known Member

    Nice piece! Here's my antoninianus of Tacitus, with INVICTVS in the obverse legend normal_Tacitus_INVICTVS.jpg
  4. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

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  5. gogili1977

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  6. David@PCC


    Constantine II
    Mint: Ticinum
    316/317 AD
    AE 3
    Obvs: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB CAES, Laureate draped and cuir right.
    Revs: CLARITAS REIPVBLICAE, SOL advancing holding whip. P to left, TT in exergue.
    19mm, 3.90g
    Ref: RIC VII 80

    Constantine II
    Mint: Siscia
    320 to 321 AD
    AE 3
    Revs: CAESARVM NOSTRORVM VOT X, in wreath. ϵSIS*
    18mm, 2.3g
    Ref: RIC VII.444.166

    Constantine II
    Mint: Rome
    320 AD
    AE Follis
    Obvs: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, Laureate draped and cuir.
    Revs: VOT X ET XV F PR, in three lines within laurel wreath.
    19x20mm, 3.22g
    Ref: cf. RIC VII.209
    Note: Mint mark P not known for this RIC entry. Only S & Q are recorded. Possibly unpublished.
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  7. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    "INV" and "IVN" are different. The latter is "junior" for Constantine II.
  8. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    I know @Ocatarinetabellatchitchix has already posted the type, but this is the only INVICTVS that I have.

    Victorinus, AD 269-271.
    Roman billon antoninianus, 2.29 g, 20.1 mm, 6 h.
    Cologne, AD 270-271.
    Obv: IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG, radiate and draped bust, right.
    Rev: INVICTVS, Sol advancing left, raising right hand and holding whip in left; * in left field.
    Refs: RIC 114; Cohen 49; RCV 11170; De Witte 27; Hunter 7.
  9. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    OSTROGOTHS. Municipal Coinage (493-553). 20 Nummi or Half Follis. Rome.

    Helmeted and draped bust of Roma right.
    Rev: Palm tree; to left and right, eagle standing outward, heads facing inward; XX.

    COI 83 (Athalaric); MEC 1, 110-1.

    Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 93 (24 May 2016), lot 1119; Numismatica Ars Classica Autumn 1995, lot 711.

    Condition: Very fine.

    Weight: 6.49 g.
    Diameter: 25 mm.


    OSTROGOTHS. Athalaric. 526-534. Æ Pentanummium (12mm - 1.20 g). Rome mint. [INVIC-T]A ROMA, helmeted bust of Roma right / + D N ATHALARICVS REX around, large V. Metlich 87b; MEC 1


    Licinius I
    A.D. 320- 321
    19mm 2.4gm
    IMP LICI-NIVS AVG; laureate head right.
    DN LICINI INVICT AVG surrounding wreath enclosing VOT XX
    In ex. TT
    RIC VII Ticinum 146

    Lic 1 Tic 146.JPG

    Licinius I, with Licinius II as Caesar, Æ Nummus. Nicomedia, AD 320. DD NN IOVII LICINII INVICT AVG ET CAES, confronted laureate and draped busts of Licinius I and II, together holding Fortuna / I O M ET FORT CONSER DD NN AVG ET CAES, Jupiter standing left, chlamys across left shoulder, holding Victory on globe in right hand, leaning on sceptre; Fortuna standing right crowned with modius, holding cornucopiae and rudder set on globe, SMNΔ in exergue. RIC 38. 4.17g, 22mm, 12h.


    Ostrogoths, Pseudo-Autonomous AE Nummus. Struck during the reigns of Theodoric and Athalaric in Rome, circa AD 493-553. INVICTA ROMA, helmeted bust of Roma right / Eagle with raised wings standing left, head right; XL upwards to left; (?) in exergue. Metlich 76b; MEC 101; BMC Vandals 14. 10.42g, 23mm, 2h.

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  10. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Probus, IMP PROBVS INV AVG (Siscia, RIC 657):
    inv probus.jpg

    And on the reverse of this Elagabalus (RIC 87), INVICTVS SACERDOS AVG:
    invictvs elagab.jpg
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2021
  11. DonnaML

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    Here's one, which I posted elsewhere earlier today:

    Probus, silvered billon Antoninianus, 278-280 AD, Rome Mint [4th Emission, 2nd Officina]. Obv. Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding eagle-tipped scepter, IMP PRO-BVS AVG / Rev. Sol in quadriga leaping left, with right hand raised and holding globe and whip in left hand, SO-L-I INVIC-TO; in exergue, R- ᴗ [crescent]-B [Rome Mint, Officina 2]. RIC V-2 202B, Sear RCV III 12038, Cohen 644, see also

    Probus - Soli Invicto - Quadriga Left - Rome - jpg version.jpg
  12. Roma

    Roma Active Member

    Let me say thata proper translation of INVICTO is unbeated. CAPTA stand for conquer.
  13. dougsmit

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    Tacitus INVICTVS spelled out

    Probus INVICT

    VIRTVS PROBI INVIVTI AVG (part of the Ticinum EQVITI coded series - VI-I)

    VIRTVS PROBI INVICTI AVG - I love the way this coin handled using the T city initial and the T for third workshop leaving it to us to decide which is which (officina is first) AND shortening XXI to just XX. Ticinum did good work even when they were not coding. Probus is a good specialty for someone with a lot of money and not afraid of having a few thousand coins. It is NOT for those who want a 'complete' set. The big rarities are really rare! This is not scarce.
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