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A co z tą Nikomedią - można coś pogdybać na ten temat, czemu akurat tam zostało takie coś wybite?

Bo - jak się przyjmuje - tam właśnie Konstantyn rozpoczął celebrować swoje tricennalia, a zakończył rok później w Konstantynopolu. A jeszcze rok później umrze właśnie pod Nikomedią. Pod Nikomedią obradował też zwołany przez niego sobór. Widocznie lubił tamte okolice.

W dodatku Nikomedia cały czas jest przecież ważnym ośrodkiem (i ma mennicę z dobrymi fachowcami). Poza tym tam Konstantyn spędził kawał młodości: najpierw na dworze Dioklecjana, a potem Galeriusza. Czyli dochodzi sentyment: kiedyś tu biegałem gotowy na cudze rozkazy, a teraz, proszę, sam rządzę.
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The RIC 369 is a nice example of the type. I generally refer to the deity as Fides as it would seem to be a better fit for the deity being presented rather than the deity implied by the legend. It certainly doesn't depict Bonus Eventus.

The reverse type is quite prolific across the various issues at this mint.

The AVG issue has standard BONI EVENTVS and BONI EVENTVS II COS variants.

There are a whole set of variations of BONI EVENTVC and BONI EVENTVS available for the AVG II C, AVG . CO, AVG II CO issues.

The majority of the COS II examples are the standard BONI EVENTVS though there are some other variations such as BONI EVENTV and then there are legend/deity swap variations where we have BONA SPES combined with Fides and also BONI EVENTVS combined with Spes.

The type is also known for the IMP II and IMP VIII issues but I won't distract the thread to much by including them here.
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Until fairly recent times the term corn in the UK would be used to refer to the dominant crop in a region, whether that was wheat, rye, oats, or similar. It is only recently that it has changed use to refer to what in the UK is generally referred to as maize.
As such many reference texts will refer to corn ears when they simply mean grain ears.
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Ciekawe jakiej rangi trzeba było się dochrapać, żeby zostać obdarowanym takim cudem? A co z tą Nikomedią - można coś pogdybać na ten temat, czemu akurat tam zostało takie coś wybite? Np. że jej stołeczność była likwidowana stopniowo i trwała jeszcze przez jakiś czas po oficjalnym przeniesieniu stolicy Wschodu do Konstantynopola w 330 AD?
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Wheat is logical, they just don't look like wheat to me, but they are tiny, so not much detail.

Virgil
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I have been reading this with interest. I have no basis, but my gut feel is what Tacitus said. This guy may have declared himself emperor from a small region and lasted a week and the powers that were in other parts of the empire never even knew about him or found out that there had been a rebellious commander in a province later. Who knows, but it is certainly not out of the realm of possibility and he wouldn't have been the only one.

Virgil
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Campbell, I., A Sponsian re-discovered, Numismatic Chronicle, Vol: 157 (1997) 194 ff

https://www.jstor.org/stable/42668740

I had to laugh with the newspaper headlines on Thursday and wondered how many times can this coin be rediscovered.

Regards,

Mauseus

Here's the article for those who don't have university access (as JPGs because PDFs aren't accepted):
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Fake Coins and Notorious Fake Sellers / Re: Caracalla Quadriga Denarius Forgery
« Last post by paps on Yesterday at 08:48:05 pm »
It's a match. Disgraceful, the same coin sold 3x on Ebay.
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Identification Help / Re: ID help please AE 2.46g 19mm Odd Portrait
« Last post by Roy W on Yesterday at 08:02:49 pm »
Thank you very much, Victor. I had assumed barbarous copy of some type. Although it’s hard to keep cleaning with him looking at me with that huge eye haha.
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Identification Help / Re: ID help please AE 2.46g 19mm Odd Portrait
« Last post by Victor C on Yesterday at 07:56:14 pm »
It's an unofficial (barb) copy of a VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP from Siscia. I have over 150 of these on my page here--
http://www.constantinethegreatcoins.com/barb2/



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