Monday, 18 May 2009

New CLARITAS Coin - Part Two

Thanks to Mark Wilson, I am now able to post an image of this coin. RIC does not record any CLARITAS reverses for this mintmark and it would sit between 118 and 119 in RIC and between 153 and 154 in my preliminary list.

Monday, 11 May 2009

The London Mint 313 to 318 AD

Some of you will know that I have recently produced an updated listing for the Constantinian issues of the London Mint for the period 313 to 318 AD. Essentially the first part of the period covered by RIC VII, it was published in the October 2008 edition of Spink’s Numismatic Circular.

It adds about 30% more types to those known when RIC VII was published and records the incidence of each type in four major hoards relating to the period.

I am pleased to report that thanks to James Pickering it is now available online. It is being hosted on his website, ROMAN COINS OF THE LONDON MINT: 296-325 AD. There is also a direct link to the article in the Links column on the left.


A new CLARITAS reverse of Constantine has recently come to light. It is from the rare S over star issue and has the obverse legend CONSTANTINVS P F AVG as opposed to the already known CLARITAS obverse legend of CONSTANTINVS P AVG of which I know of four examples.

This new coin was found by a detectorist in Sutton Scotney, Hampshire, here in the UK and was posted on the FORVM discussion board earlier this month. It has not yet been possible to compare reverse dies.