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Siscia, Pannonia (Sisak, Croatia)

Siscia, a chief town and colony of Pannonia, was located at confluence of the Colapis and Savus, and is now called Sisak, Croatia. The mint master was called procurator monetae Siscianae. Dates of operation: 260 - c. 390. Mintmarks: S, SIS, SISC, SISCPS.


Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.

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RIC lists this type as common but we believe it is scarce and that this bust/officina variety is very rare. We found only one other specimen with this bust from the first officina (on Wildwinds).

About 287, Diocletian assumed the title Iovius and Maximian assumed the title Herculius. The titles were symbolic of their roles: Diocletian-Jove was dominant, responsible for planning and commanding; Maximian-Hercules had the heroic role of completing assigned tasks. Despite the symbolism, the emperors were not actually worshiped as the gods Jupiter and Hercules in the imperial cult. Instead, they were seen as the gods' instruments, imposing the gods' will on earth.
RB87676. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 591, Cohen VI 619, Venèra 7680 var. (1 spec., 2nd off.), OCRE_RIC 591 var. (1 spec., bust r.d.c. from behind), Hunter IV -, SRCV IV -, VF, well centered and struck, brown patina, light corrosion, closed edge crack, weight 3.757 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 2nd emission, 2nd phase, Dec 286 - Jan 287 A.D.; obverse IMP C M A VAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right, drapery (paludamentum) on far shoulder; reverse VIRTVS AVGVSTORVM (to the courage of the emperors), Hercules standing slightly right, head right, nude but for Nemean Loin's skin over left shoulder and arm, resting right hand on grounded club, bow in left hand, A in left field, XXI in exergue; very rare; $155.00 SALE |PRICE| $140.00
 


Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D., Issued by Vetranio

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In 312 A.D., Constantine dreamed he saw a Christogram in the sky and heard the words IN HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, meaning in Latin "In this sign, you will be the victor." He ordered the sign of Christ on his legions standards and shields. He won a great victory and later became the first Christian Roman Emperor.
RL90728. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 284 (S), LRBC II 1171, Voetter 48, SRCV V 18903, Cohen VII 3, gVF, oval flan, encrustation, flan split, weight 5.040 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, issued by Vetranio, 1 Mar - 25 Dec 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind, star in front; reverse CONCORDIA MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), Constantius standing half-left, in military dress, labarum (Chi-Rho standard) in each hand, A left, star above, •ΓSIS• in exergue; scarce; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00
 


Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.

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The Roman poet Ovid tells the story of the Phoenix: 'Most beings spring from other individuals; but there is a certain kind which reproduces itself. The Assyrians call it the Phoenix. It does not live on fruit or flowers, but on frankincense and odoriferous gums. When it has lived five hundred years, it builds itself a nest in the branches of an oak, or on the top of a palm tree. In this it collects cinnamon and spikenard, and myrrh, and of these materials builds a pile on which it deposits itself, and dying, breathes out its last breath amidst odors. From the body of the parent bird, a young Phoenix issues forth, destined to live as long a life as its predecessor. When this has grown up and gained sufficient strength, it lifts its nest from the tree (its own cradle and its parent's sepulcher), and carries it to the city of Heliopolis in Egypt, and deposits it in the temple of the Sun.'
RL89950. Bronze quarter maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 247, LRBC II 1131, SRCV V 18718, Cohen VII 22, Hunter V -, Choice aEF, glossy jade green patina, light scratches, minor edge chipping, weight 2.253 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 348 - 19 Jan 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), radiate Phoenix standing right on pyre, symbol in right field, BSIS in exergue; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00 ON RESERVE


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

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RIC VII Siscia 169 (R4) lists the symbol following the mintmark as a double crescent but we have seen a number of coins like this one, on which the symbol appears to be pellet within a crescent.
RL12085. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 169 (R4) var. (double crescent), SRCV IV 16773, Cohen VII 44, Hunter V -, Choice EF, nice portrait, attractive green patina, weight 3.075 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 320 - 321 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB C, laureate head right; reverse CAESARVM NOSTRORVM (our prince), VOT / X in two lines within wreath, wreath tied at the bottom and decorated with a jewel at the top, BSIS and pellet within crescent in exergue; rare; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00
 


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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The reverse legend abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows (prayers) of the Roman people."
RL89617. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 73 (unlisted officina, R4 - R5 for other officinae), SRCV IV 16304, Cohen VII 639, Hunter V -, Nice VF, attractive portrait and highlighting red earthen fill patina, weight 3.256 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 318 - 319 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, laureate, helmeted and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP (Joyous victory to the eternal Prince), two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield inscribed VOT P R (vows of the Roman people) on an altar decorated with an S, ESIS• in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection; extremely rare; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00
 


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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The reverse legend abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows (prayers) of the Roman people."
RL89659. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 54 (R2, altar type y), Cohen VII 636, SRCV IV 16302, Hunter V -, Choice EF, excellent centering, bold strike, near full silvering, weight 2.933 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 318 - 319 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate, helmeted, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP (Joyous victory to the eternal Prince), two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield inscribed VOT / P R (vows of the Roman people) on altar, altar ornamented with a small cross at the center of a larger X, ΓSIS in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection, ex Mediterranean Coins (Jan 2004); $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00
 


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.javascript: void(0);

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The reverse legend abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows (prayers) of the Roman people."
RL89665. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 59 (R3, altar type m), Cohen VII 639, SRCV IV 16303, Hunter V -, Choice gVF, well centered bold strike, brown patina, weight 3.242 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 319 A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, helmeted, laureate, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP (Joyous victory to the eternal Prince), two Victories standing half center, holding shield inscribed VOT / P R over altar, altar garlanded and ornamented with a pellet at the center and a horizontal band near the base, BSIS• in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection, ex Silenos Coins (2004); rare; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00
 


Licinius I, 11 November 308 - 18 September 324 A.D.

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On 30 April 313, Licinius defeated his rival Maximinus II at the Battle of Tzirallum and became emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire. Maximinus fled to Nicomedia and committed suicide.
RL89934. Billon follis, RIC VII Siscia 17 (R1), SRCV IV 15212, Cohen VII 66, Hunter V 73 var. (2nd officina), Choice EF, full borders centering, sharp portrait, attractive glossy dark brown patina, weight 3.689 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 15o, 5th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 315 - 316 A.D.; obverse IMP LIC LICINIVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI (to Jupiter the protector), Jupiter standing left, nude but for cloak over shoulder, Victory on globe offering wreath in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left, eagle left with wreath in beak at feet on left, E right, •SIS• in exergue; scarce; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00
 


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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The reverse legend abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows (prayers) of the Roman people."
RL89626. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 95 (R3), Cohen VII 634, SRCV IV 16301 var. (obv legend), Hunter V -, Choice gVF, some silvering, bold strike with full legends and mintmark, weight 1.911 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 15o, 1st officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 319 - 320 A.D.; obverse CONSTANT-INVS AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, spear over shoulder, shield in left; reverse VICT LAETAE PRINC PERP (joyous victory to the eternal Prince), two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield inscribed VOT / P R over decorated altar with I in center, ASIS* in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection; scarce; $95.00 SALE |PRICE| $85.50
 


Germanic Tribes, Pseudo-Imperial Coinage, Mid 4th - Early 5th Century A.D.

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Barbarian imitatives of the Roman VICT LAETAE PRINC PERP small bronze coins are among the most common barbarous coin types from the late Roman period. The prototype for this coin was a coin from the Roman mint at Siscia. Silvering on a barbaric imitative is unexpected, however, the blundered illiterate nonsense imitations of legends leave no doubt this coin is a tribal issue.
RL89627. Bronze AE 18, for prototype cf. RIC VII Siscia 53 (Roman, Constantine the Great, Siscia mint, 318 - 319 A.D.), gVF/aVF, silvering(?), slightly off center but only cutting off the tops of some letters, scratches, weight 3.099 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 285o, tribal mint, after 318 A.D.; obverse IHP CONSTHTHVS P E NVG (or similar, blundered, S's resemble retrograde Greek sigma), laureate, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Constantine the Great right; reverse HCTORIAE LATNE PIIC PEIIΠ (or similar, blundered), two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield inscribed VOT / P R over altar, •SIS• (retrograde) in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection, ex Ancient Coins Canada (Jun 2008), reportedly found in Germany; $95.00 SALE |PRICE| $85.50
 




  



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