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Found A Rare Constans Obverse Legend - Constans Ivn Nob C

 
 
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 Posted 07/18/2019  8:49 pm Show Profile   Check Paul Bulgerin's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Paul Bulgerin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I came across an auction for these three Fourth Century bronzes. The one on the bottom caught my attention. The legend looked strange to me. A closer look revealed that is reads CONSTANS IVN NOB C.

This is one I have not seen before. I am familiar with Constantine II, as Casear, with IVN NOB C, but not for Constans.

I bid on the lot and won it for a very reasonable price.

An online search revealed this example from VCoins:

https://www.vcoins.com/en/stores/ro...Default.aspx

These are the seller's photos of this interesting coin.





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 Posted 07/19/2019  06:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add maridvnvm to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There was one in this CNG mixed lot in 2010.

https://cNGCoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=173347
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 Posted 07/19/2019  10:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very neat find! Constans as caesar is tough to find in general, especially so for the two standards type. I'm curious to know about rhe IVN... in the late Roman period, does that imply that he was named after another Constans, or just that he was young/youthful?

I wonder if it could also be an engraver's error? Leave out a couple letters and you've turned CONSTANTINVS IVN into CONSTANS IVN - wouldn't be the first known engraver's error from this period.
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 Posted 08/07/2019  10:07 pm  Show Profile   Check Victor's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Victor to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The use of IVN for Constans surely a misunderstanding on the part of the engravers which was quickly fixed. In RIC VII, Bruun says that this "is merely a curious contamination at an early stage..." (RIC VII pg 31)

another example--


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I came across that quote in RIC. It is interesting that the obverse legend was used in at least three officinae.
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 Posted 08/08/2019  12:12 am  Show Profile   Check Victor's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Victor to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
some more odd ones--the genetive case was used a couple of times for Constans...spelled out CONSTANTIS

one from Siscia and one from Nicomedia






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