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N V BIS CONS

Latin abbreviation: Nobilissiumus Vir Bis Cons - of greatest nobility twice consul.


DICTIONARY OF ROMAN COINS


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NVBIS CONS.--The signification of these letters, on the coins of young Romulus, the son of Maxentius, notwithstanding all the attempts made by the learned to explain it, still remains not fully ascertained.--The Baron Bimard, in his commentary on Jobert's work, decides that the Nostrae Vrbis CONservatori of Tristan; the Nostrae Vrbis Bis CONsuli of Harduin; and the Nobilissimo Consuli of Cardinal Noris, are interpretations all of them respectively beyond the bounds of probable conjecture.--Eckhel confesses himself destitute of patience sufficient either to record or refute the conflicting opinions on these still ambiguous words.  And Mionnet pleads absolute ignorance of their import.--E. C. B. in the "Numismatic Journal," vol. i., thinks that Jobert is correct in reading N. V. as Nostrae Urbis.  He adds that "it would of course be absurd to expect to find DIVVS and CONSVL in the same legend;" but it does not appear evident to us why they should be so inconsistent; and BIS CONSVL (twice Consul), seems at least not objectionable; and as upon one of his earlier coins Romulus is styled NOBILIS CAES., the previous letters may be considered rather as something equivalent, in preference to Nostrae Vrbis.--See Romulus.

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