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Constantine I, Barbarous Imitation, VLPP type!

Æ3; 19mm/2.4gm    Struck ca. early 4th Century?

Con/ About Very Fine for the type; dark green patina with earthen fill; typically blundered legends and details. Easy to clean, just soft dirt!

Okay, this is what the coin should be, or similar:

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 inscribed with a letter or symbol.

Close, but no cookie! Ha ha!

Ref/ None

Seller's Note/ The German celator who created this issue had some of grasp of Latin letters and did a worthy job, all things considered, as he was most likely semi-illiterate at best. He even managed to use Latin letters, sort of. A truly charming example. See the second photo if you are not familiar with the type.

Back in the day, such issues were referred to as 'Barbarous" or simply a "Barb".

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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