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Galeria Valeria, Augusta, June 293(?) - 311 A.D., Second Wife of Galerius
The coins of Galeria from the mint of Cyzikus were all struck in the 4th officina which is marked in the left field. In these years the mint issued three groups, the second being marked with a star in the right field and the third with three dots in the right field. But our coin has only one dot. A RIC footnote records a similary marked Licinius in the Oxford collection and states it is probably a mint error. The coin was made in the first officina which probably rules out a repeat error by a die cutter. More likely, the mint started its third group by marking with only one dot, then quickly switched to three dots, perhaps to make the coins more noticeable. Another treat for the specialist collector.
RB07643. Billon follis, RIC VI Cyzicus 71 variant, gVF, 4th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, weight 7.27g, maximum diameter 27.0mm, die axis 180o
, c. 311 A.D.; obverse GAL VAL-ERIA AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VENERI V-ICTRICI, Venus standing left, raising apple in right hand, raising drapery over shoulder with left hand, D in left field, ē in right field, MKV in exergue; from the Scott Collection; very rare
Catalog current as of Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
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