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Roman Coin Votive Reverse ID Help?

 
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 Posted 05/21/2020  11:51 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add EM55062 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hey Coin Community!

I'm new to ancient coins, and I recently bought an "uncleaned" coin from what was apparently a hoard from a peat bog in southern Germany. The obverse legend is pretty unclear, though the obverse is a diademed bust right (I believe). On the back is a votive. The coin is 14-15mm in diameter. I'm guessing it's Constantius II, but it's a very frail guess. If any of the more experienced numismatists have any insights, I would love to hear it!



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 Posted 05/22/2020  12:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gincoin43 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The reverse is VOT-XX-MVLT-XXX

It's a Constans coin I think

Have you weighed it?
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05/22/2020 12:20 am
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 Posted 05/22/2020  12:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add EM55062 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Gincoin43--

You're probably right! I checked on Wildwinds and it matches much more closely! I haven't weighed it, as I don't have a scale. Would knowing the weight help with ID? I was under the impression that ancient coins have pretty different weights due to wear and the original amount of metal that was struck.
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05/22/2020 12:47 am
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Quote:
I was under the impression that ancient coins have pretty different weights due to wear and the original amount of metal that was struck.


I believe you are generally right but it looks like the Constans coins are much lighter than Constantius II. I am not particularly knowledgeable with Roman coins though so I could be misinformed.
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 Posted 05/22/2020  1:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add EM55062 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Gincoin43! I think I'll also wait a little to see if others can verify. The coin is pretty long gone...
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 Posted 05/22/2020  3:13 pm  Show Profile   Check Victor's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Victor to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
there is no difference in weight between the Constans and Constantius II issues. Your best bet for ID is to look at the obverse legend and see if you can make out what the letter is before the break on the obverse. Constans will have an A or a T before the break -- D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG or D N CONST-ANS P F AVG while Constantius II will have an N like D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG. If you can't make it out clearly, you can always try to count the letters before the break.



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The most I can make out it and ST before the legend cuts out, so I'm just going to go with Constans. Thank you so much for the help!
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