Ok, I have been surfing around just finding coins and then looking them up. I was curious as to variations in a Marcus Aurelius
I came across. This one is actually being sold on eBay
. I have no intention of buying
it, but was seriously interested in the reverse type
on the coin.
The first picture is the coin on eBay
. It is described as RIC
429a. The obverse
seems to match, but the obverse legend
is in a different place. In particular, the S in COS
. Looking at RIC
429b, the reverse
seems to match. The only difference I can see in RIC
429a and b is the bust type
. In particular right facing and left facing respectively.
Is it that this coin is struck with the reverse
dye of RIC
429b and obverse
dye of RIC
429a, or is it common for the legends to be moved like this? I would say significantly, since it is on the opposite side of the arm
Second pic. RIC
Third pic. RIC
Thanks all! I think this may be a good example for noobs like me to learn from!
Ohh, it also seems like the draping matches that with 429b too. Looking at the draping on the right side of the coin as viewed, it appears rounded like 429b and not as straight as in 429a.
It appears the two types
were minted in the same years too.