Probus - Spot the difference?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Topcat7, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. Topcat7

    Topcat7 Still Learning

    My reference for this Probus coin is RIC Vii 818.
    Probus RIC Vii 818 var (O).jpg
    Probus RIC Vii 818 var (R).jpg

    However, I notice that the reverse legend break on the example shown on Philippe Gysen's coin occurs after the 'R' (in PROBI) whereas on my coin it is after the 'P' (in the same word).
    Magical Snap - 2018.11.11 12.23 - 004.jpg

    Can anyone explain this please? Do I have the correct attribution?
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  3. Kentucky

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  4. Victor_Clark


    The legend break has no bearing on the RIC number. RIC lists this legend as VIRTVS PROBI AVG, with no breaks shown.
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  5. Topcat7

    Topcat7 Still Learning

    Thank you Victor. One thing less to be on the lookout for when attributing coins.
  6. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Victor is certainly correct in this case but there are other places in RIC (some in Vol VIII) where the legend split is noted by the authors and needed to separate numbers. Remember that each volume of RIC was a work in its own and authors felt no obligation to do things in a manner matching earlier volumes. Some of these guys worked together at one period. I wonder if they ever discussed such matters.
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