I present for your inspection this very rare
example of a type
issued for the transfer of mints from Ostia
to Arles in the year 313 (there exists a dated example).
] CONSTANTINVS PF AVG
left, cuir., laureate, shield
over left shoulder, spear over right
, female figure (possibly Moneta
) on prow, holding cornucopia
, facing what must be the personification of Arles, who is holding a standard
(Ben informs me that this may be a symbol of Constantine
's Italian victory
QARL in exergue
This particular issue is not listed with this particular obverse type
, however I am aware of one other in existance. The symbolism of this type
and it's partner, VTILITAS PVBLICA
, simply blows me away. On the VTILITAS issue, Moneta
is on prow also, but facing away from the figure (probably the personification of Ostia
) on the shore
, as if departing. On the Providentiae issue, Moneta
is depicted as arriving at Arles. An interesting oddity of my example however: On most of these coins, the figure on shore
is not wearing a turreted headress, while on mine, she is.
I will attempt a better scan when I have the chance, in the meantime, this one will have to suffice. Please comment!