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Constantine II Legend Error?

 
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 Posted 01/17/2020  9:03 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I saw the Constantine II coin below, in an auction which seemed to attract a lot of attention. It was said to be very rare, but didn't say why. I did see that the obverse legend reads CONSTANTINVS IVN NBO C or CONSTANTINVF IVN NBO C instead of CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C.

Searching for a coin with the "NBO C" legend ending didn't turn up anything. Is it a mistake in the die, or what is it that makes it so rare?

Anyone?
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 Posted 01/17/2020  9:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
With the blundered legend, perhaps barbarous?
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 Posted 01/17/2020  9:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is well made, but it can't be anything other than barbarous, with that blundered legend.

Jim
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 Posted 01/17/2020  10:06 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It appears to be an official issue, whoever cut the die made a mistake which didn't matter enough to cut a new die.
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 Posted 01/18/2020  03:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree with Ron....Looks too well made to be barbarous...
I think the occurrence of misspelt legends is not that uncommon...

My first ever ancient coin was of Licinius I with the actual emperors name misspelt.

Licinius I (RIC VII#155 Arles)-Unlisted-
Licinius I AE Follis 20mm/3.43gr (Emperors name Misspelled)
Obverse-IMP LICINVS PF AVG- laureate, cuirassed bust right
Reverse-REV SOLI INVICTO COMITI- Sol standing right, looking left, chlamys across chest and over his left arm, holding globe and raising right hand. C-S across fields
Exergue-PARL- minted 313-318AD Arles
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 Posted 01/18/2020  04:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add maridvnvm to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a different example of this type of engraving error which also gives us NBO C.

Constantius Gallus - AE2

Obv:- D N CONSTANTIVS IVN NBO(sic) C, Bare headed draped & cuirassed bust right; A
Rev:- FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor standing left on galley, holding Victory on globe and labarum; Victory behind, steering galley
Minted in Siscia (III | * // BSIS)
Reference:- RIC VIII Siscia 329 var (would be C but obverse legend error)

5.16 gms. 23.42 mm. 180 degrees.



Spelling errors occur across time.

I have gathered a few.

ORIES for ORIENS



PORBI for PROBI



VIRVS for VIRTVS



BONETAE for MONETAE



VICRT for VICTR

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 Posted 01/19/2020  7:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
After seeing these other lovely coins, I wish I had bid on it now.

Another lesson learned.

Jim
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