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Constantine I, AE3, Before 325?, Arles, Officina 1


Constantine I, AE3, Before 325?, Arles, Officina 1 CONSTA_NTINVS P Laureate head right VIRTV_S AVG . Campgate with nine rows, two turrets, no doors, star above, top and bottom rows empty blocks ARLP in exergue 17mm, 2.71g RIC VII, -- Ex Steve "Southern Bear" Santore collection; Ex Tony Laverack, eBay, 2007 Note: This is a rather puzzling coin. The obverse legend is unknown on official issues, the exergual mark without field marks is unlisted for Arles and the use of a pellet to substitute a letter for a ruler is only used on campgates from Nicomedia and only for caesars (ie. using a pellet instead of a terminal S in CAESS). The style of this specimen looks official, but there are so many unusual aspects that I'm putting it under the irregular section as I am unclear as to where it would fit in under official chronology. Also, another extremely unusual feature of this particular specimen is that it appears to be a follis fraction. The flan is smaller than usual for the campgate series and the dies are specifically engraved for the smaller flan size. Comparing this specimen to the many Arles pieces in my collection, the portrait is quite clearly intentionally and proportionately smaller than the regular size folles. Much more research is needed.

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