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Bust Types 101

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RIC VII 313-337 A.D.

(i) Plain busts

(A) bare headed

A1 A2 dr. cuir. seen from backA3 dr. cuir. facingA4 dr. cuir.
A5 cuir. A6 mantled, waved hair

(B) laureate head

B1 B2 looking upwardsB3 dr. cuir. seen from behindB4 dr. cuir.

B5 cuir.B6 wearing trabea  

(C) radiate

C1C2 dr. cuir. seen from behindC3 dr. cuir.C4 cuir.

(D) helmeted

D1 dr. cuir.D2 cuir. D3 VRBS ROMA, imperial cloakD4 helmet with plume VRBS ROMA
D5 laur. dr. cuir.D6 laur. cuir.D7 high crested cuir.

(E) diademed

E1 plain diademE2 rosette diademE3 pearl diademE4 plain d. looking upwards
E5 rosette, upwardsE6 pearl, upwardsE7 plain d., dr. cuir.E8 rosette d., dr. cuir.
E9 pearl dr. cuir.


RIC VII Bust types on Constantine the Great coins.com - http://www.constantinethegreatcoins.com/busts/

Dictionary of Roman Coins

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Bust. - This term is derived from the Italian Busto and the French Buste. It is applied to representations of people that do not extend below the waist.

One of the most ancient ways of representing gods and heroes, under human features, was that of showing only their heads.

The invention of busts is one that dates from a much later epoch. These show the head and shoulders, and a small part of the chest; at other times the head with the whole chest; a rarely, the full upper half of the body.

The Romans had a custom of placing busts of emperors and other great people on their coins, which helps us attribute the coins much more easily today.

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