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RIC 426,B Jovian AE3, Siscia. 363-364 AD. DN IOVIA-NVS PF AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / VOT V MVLT X in four lines within wreath, mintmark BSISC. LRBC 1267; RIC VIII Siscia 426; Sear 19228.
“J” was not in the Latin alphabet. It came over from other languages much later.
So “IO” in Latin roughly equals “JO.” DN IOVIANVS PF AVG is correct on your coin for Jovian. Julian, Jupiter and other words are similarly spelled... “IVLIANVS” for Julian and “IOVI”.. for Jove or Jupiter.
Edit... it’s hard to tell but you may be right about a misspelling... it looks like it reads: DN IOIVANVS PF AVG
Haha, on first read I thought the missing “J” was the misspelling. I see the confusion was mine!
Right and Left (Sinister) PAIR
RI Jovian AE3 Sirmium mint VOT V RIC 118
RI Jovian 363-364 AE 20mm Folles LEFT Sinister VOT V
Is this a misspelling or a mint engraver making a social comment on the sly?
Thanks for all your replies!
Thank you for this attribution! I really appreciate it. The seller just said, "Jovian." Does the "typo" change this? Or would it be just a variant of the same attribution?
I see a coin that spells out DN IOVIANVS AVG, which it should if all I have read is true.
What is the "typo" I am missing?
Here are some better shots of just the name, or rather the first part of the name. IOIVA. Yes, the A is almost totally obliterated, not by wear but by damage. But both more or less vertical lines of the A are showing, while the V has both its diagonal lines clearly visible. The second I, between the O and V is quite distinct, not a part of an A.
Separate names with a comma.