Unusual mintmark

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  1. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    Late Roman copper coins usually have mintmarks that abbreviate the name of the mint. Some are clear abbreviations such as "LVG" for LVGdunum (= modern Lyons). Some are not quite as clear, but decipherable, such as mintmark "PLG" for Pecunia LuGdunum (Money of Lugdunum). But there are some that are not so self-explanatory.

    19 mm. 2.815 grams. CONSTANTINVS AVG
    Constantine, 307-337.
    Two victories holding shield inscribed VOT/PR on rectangular altar.
    Two captives seated back-to-back, in exergue.

    There are no letters abbreviating the name of the mint. We could probably identify the mint using finds and style, but the mint's next issue makes it easier.


    18 mm. 3.10 grams. It has the same legends and design as the one above.
    This one has the mintmark P<two captives>L, which is just like the mintmark above but for the addition of P and L.

    Both coins are from Lugdunum. The first is RIC VII Lyons 65, page 126, struck "319-320" and the second RIC VII Lyons 79 page 128, struck "320".

    Show us coins with mintmarks that require some deciphering.
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  3. David@PCC

    David@PCC Well-Known Member

    g048.jpg Antiochus VI
    Mint: Apamea
    144 BC
    AE 20
    Obvs: Head of Antiochus right radiate within dotted border.
    Revs: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΔIONYΣOY, Cantharus. Palm right, control to left.

    The faint branch on the right designates Apamea.
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  4. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    This one will be familiar to our Roman collectors, but it often trips up newbies:
    (Siliqua of Valens)
    Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 11.57.52 PM.png

    The obvious, Constantinople, is wrong. It is in fact Arles, which Constantine I renamed "Constantina" in honour of the birth of Constantine II.
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