Just a few LRB's

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Ajax, May 26, 2017.

  1. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    These late Roman bronzes have really grown on me the last couple of months. I'm really starting to appreciate them more now then when I started collecting.
    I picked up this Crispus from Lyons a few weeks ago from @Victor_Clark. This now puts me at 6/13 mints for PROVIDENTIAE CAESS campgates issued for Crispus. I believe only Arles and Rome minted VIRTVS CAESS types for Crispus, of which I've got Arles. So I guess I'm at 7/15 total. This one is by far the nicest.
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    Crispus A.D. 324- 5
    18mm 2.9gm
    FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES; Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. PROVIDEN-TIAE CAESS; camp gate with two turrets and star between them. in ex. PLG
    RIC VII Lyons 227

    This next one came with the Crispus and it is my first coin of Licinius. Also a campgate and I think I got the attribution right with RIC VII Heraclea 17A, it might be a delta though? Did I mention this coin was free? I was very shocked opening that package to see two coins. What a great guy that Victor is!
    Licinius Heraclea Campgate.png
    Licinius AD 317
    19mm 2.6g
    IMP LICI-NIVS AVG, Laureate draped bust left, with globe, sceptre and mappa / PROVIDENTIAE AVGG, campgate, three turrets, 6 to 8 layers, no doors. Mintmark MHTA

    The last two I got because I felt I was lacking coins from Constantine. First up another campgate, of course, with a series mark I haven't seen before. I probably just haven't paid enough attention.
    Constantine Campgate Siscia.png
    Constantine I
    19mm, 3.16g
    Diademed head of Constantine right "CONSTANTINVS AVG"
    Campgate "PROVIDENTIAE AVGG" "ASIS (doubled "U")"
    RIC VII 214 Siscia
    Struck 328-9
    This last one is pretty neat. It refers to Constantines victories over the Sarmatians in 322.
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    Constantine 307-337
    AE3, 2.50g
    Obv: Diademed head of Constantine right "CONSTANTINVS AVG" Rev: Victory advancing right holding a trophy, captive at her feet "SARMATIA DEVICTA".
    RIC VII 49 Sirmium.
    Struck 324-5
    Please share anything you think relevant.
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Fantastic coins, especially the top one.
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  4. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    Great coins. I never grow tired of campgates and all the varieties they come in, and the Sarmatia type is one of the few LRB's that refer to a specific historical occurrence, although we know little about it. Here are a couple of mine...

    Crispus of Trier with cool patina...


    SARMATIA DEVICTA of Sirmium...

  5. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    Thanks @Mat
    Nice Crispus JA wanna trade?:angelic:
    Crispus Trier.png
    Your Sarmatia type is fantastic too!
  6. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    LRBs are great. Wonderful and interesting coins can be had for modest sums of money. I also think it is an interesting time to study so there's plenty of meat to keep a collector interested.

    I love the campgates as well. It's sort of a sub collection for me...that I haven't expanded lately.

    Some of mine:

    Constantine I, AD 306-337
    AE, 18mm, 2.7g; 6h; Sirmium, AD 324-325
    Obv.: CONSTANTINVS AVG; laureate bust right
    Rev.: SARMATIA DEVICTA; Victory advancing right, holding trophy, palm branch, spurning captive seated on ground to right
    In Ex.: SIRM

    Crispus Caesar, AD 317-326
    Ӕ Follis, 18m, 3.1g, 6h; London mint, AD 318
    Obv.: FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, Laureate draped cuirassed bust right
    Rev.: PRINCIPIA I-VVENTVTIS; Crispus standing right in military dress, holding spear and shield, crescent in left field
    In Ex.: PLN

    Constantine I, AD 309 - 337
    AE3, 2.5g, 19mm; 1h; Siscia mint, AD 328-329
    Obv.: CO[NST]AN-TIN[V]S AVG, diademed head right
    Rev.: PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG, campgate with two turretts, star above, 9 brick rows with dots in top row
    In Ex.: ΓSTS (crescent)*

    *I called it a crescent because I don't know any better.
  7. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    Great coins! I think you're right with double crescent. I was just going with the dealers info but I think RIC puts double crescent. Probably why I've never heard of double U series mark haha
  8. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    That particular coin is one of my earlier ones - in fact a gift from @John Anthony and @Bing that I'm still grateful for. (Thanks again guys!) I take complete blame for any errors in the description and welcome any feedback or corrections. (This goes for any of my coins.)
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  9. Ancientnoob

    Ancientnoob Money Changer

    Dang No. 1 is really nice!!

    This is probably my nicest late Roman Bronze.

    Roman Empire
    Croatia, Siscia
    Arcadius (r. AD 383-408)
    AE4 13.5 mm x 1.22 grams (s. AD 384-387)
    Obv. Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Arcadius right. Latin script- DN ARCADIVS PF AVG
    Rev. Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm. Latin Script- VICTORIA AVGGG - BSIS in ex.
    Ref: RIC IX 39d

    Arcadius AE4C2.jpg
  10. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    Here's a quote from Zosimus about the Sarmatian campaign--

    “When Constantine learned that the Sarmatians, who live near Lake Maeotis, had sailed across the Danube and were pillaging his territory, he led his army against them…he killed many, took more prisoners and put the rest to flight.” Zosimus 2:21
  11. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Nice coins @Ajax.
    Crispus 8.jpg
    OBVERSE: CRISPVS NOB CAES, Laureate draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
    REVERSE: PRINCIPIA IVVENTVTIS, Mars, naked except for helmet and boots, chlamys flying out behind, advancing right holding transverse spear and shield. R-S across fields, QARL in ex.
    Struck at Arles , 317AD
    2.27g, 18mm.
    RIC VII 129
    Licinius I 7.jpg
    AE3 Follis
    OBVERSE: IMP LICI-NIVS AVG, laureate bust right, wearing imperial mantle, holding globe, sceptre & mappa
    REVERSE: PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG, campgate with three turrets, no door, delta in right field SMHA in ex.
    Struck at Heraclea 318-320 AD
    3.0g, 18mm
    RIC VII 48
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    AE3 Follis
    OBVERSE: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, diademed head right
    REVERSE: PROVIDENTIAE AVGG, campgate with two turrets & no doors, star above, GSISdouble-crescent in ex.
    Struck at Siscia 328-9 AD
    3.3g, 19mm
    RIC VII 215G
    Constantine I 14.jpg
    AE Follis
    OBVERSE: CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate head right
    REVERSE: SARMATIA DEVICTA, Victory advancing right, holding trophy on right arm, branch in left hand, spurning captive seated on ground right, head turned back, STR(cresent) in ex (unpublished mintmark).
    Struck at Trier, workshop S, 323-4 AD
    2.8g, 19.4mm
    RIC 435v
  12. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Nice-looking coins! Collecting LRBCs is fun because of all the different mints and issues.

    Here are a few from my collection:

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    Licinius II, Antioch, RIC 29

    Crispus Centenionalis Siscia.jpg
    Crispus, Siscia, RIC 165

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    Constantine II, Heraclea, RIC 96
  13. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    Your coin is RIC VII Trier 435...it is a very common mintmark for this series.
  14. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    You are correct sir. I knew this but never changed my catalog. Thanks for pointing it out.
  15. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Very nice coins!
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  16. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    nice group of LRB ajax! a sarmatia devicta coin is pretty high on my list!
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  17. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    Great coins everyone! Thanks for sharing. @Ancientnoob that is about the best Arcadius I've seen!
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  18. Theodosius

    Theodosius Unrepentant Fine Style Freak! Supporter

    Super nice OP Crispus. One of the best I have ever seen.

    I find the type with Victory holding up a trophy made from pieces of armor to be very interesting. Are there other types where Victory holds up a trophy versus it being planted in the ground? That type of trophy would weigh 100 pounds, she must be a pretty buff woman.

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  19. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    There is another coin with the same reverse, but different legend- ALAMANNIA DEVICTA. It commemorates the victories on the Rhine of Crispus and Constantine II and was only struck for them, and only in Sirmium.

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  20. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Khnum-Hotep

    Very nice coins all. I've got several Arcadius with the campgate as well as the cross type, a couple are in good condition, as in VF.
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  21. Ancientnoob

    Ancientnoob Money Changer

    Aww thanks! I aim to please. :)
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