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Constantine I, Contemporary Imitation, VLPP type

Æ3; 21mm/3.5gm    Struck ca. early 4th Century

Con/ Good Very Fine for the type; Glossy dark brown; typically blundered legends and details

Okay, this is what the coin should be:

OBV/ IMP CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG; laur., helmeted and cuir. bust r.

REV/ VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINCE PERP; twin Victories holding a shield inscribed with VOT PR on an altar.

Seller's Note/ The German celator who created this issue had some reasonable amount of Latin and did a worthy job, especially with the reverse details...right down to the ESIS (Siscia) exergue. A truly charming example.

Back in the day, such issues were referred to as 'Barbarous" or simply a "Barb". But the new PC term is now Contemporary Imitation, because somewhere along the line it was thought that calling the Germanic tribes who struck these issues barbarians was disrespectful. Go figure...

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