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  • Architecture - Arles Campgates with Greek Officinae

    Here is another series currently being researched. RIC VII does not list the campgate series from Arles containing Greek officinae marks, except again for a footnote. I have two examples in my collection thus far:

    http://www.beastcoins.com/Architectu...NIR-ARLA-7.jpg

    http://www.beastcoins.com/Architectu...eII-ARLg-6.jpg

    Patrick Bruun does address the series in his book on Arelate Constantinian Coinage and Keith Metzer, an Arles campgate specialst comments:

    In Patrick Bruun's book, "The Constantinian Coinage Of Arelate", these coins are discussed. From what I can gather, early in the 20th century, there was a German collector named Otto Voetter, who published his collection. It included two PROVIDENTIAE coins of Constantius II with exergue ARL delta. He also mentioned a third coin, with same exergue, but also having S |F in fields. He proposed series of ARLA, ARL beta, ARL gamma, ARL delta and S | F ARLA, S | F ARL beta, S | F ARL gamma and S | F ARL delta. This would tie in perfectly to the with and without S | F markings on the regular officinae series. Bruun found the first two coins in Vienna, but the only evidence of the S | F coin was from a line drawing in Voetter's catalog. The two coins he saw were a 5-layer and a 6-layer gate, so definitely from different dies. Nevertheless, he decided to dismiss all of these as some sort of error by a mint worker. All of this is mentioned very briefly in RIC VII in the footnotes to Arles 312. I would say your new specimen, from officina A, puts more evidence to Voetter's original theory. Besides a new officina, this piece is also with a new obverse.

    Comments and information on other known examples greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    --Zach Beasley
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    Zach,

    Voetter does indeed list a camp gate with a Delta officina mark. If you care, it's listed on page 90, coin number 6.

    Voetter was not the collector though, he was the author/cataloger. The collection was assembled by Paul Gerin and the book was published in 1921. Here's the complete title - Die Munzen der romischen Kaiser, Kaeserinnen und Caesaren von Diocletianus bis Romulus, 284-476. Katalog der hinterlassenen Sammlung un Aufzeichnungen des Herrn Paul Gerin.

    Barry Murphy

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    • #3
      Thanks Barry! Although I'm certain the title you mention will be in German (which I can't read), I will definitely add it to my list of books to get so I can find out more about the series. Many thanks!

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      • #4
        Arles campgates, my favorite subject! I`ve been on the watch for these ever since first seeing your Constantine ARLA coin. I have found another Constantine II which matches the one you have, and also this coin, which after cleaning up around the mintmark seems to also be an ARLgamma, but this one with the S/F in fields. It would seem that this is indeed a legitimate series, now that there seems to be no less than six documented examples, with five of them being different. Sorry about this picture, I`ll try to get a better one at some point in the future. Please do let me know if you find any more examples, and I`ll keep you posted if I find anything.
        Keith
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        • #5
          WOOHOO! Congrats Keith! I know how much you wanted one from this series, so I am really glad you were right when you saw the photo and took the chance on this one. Great news! Also, the photo is fine, since you already confirmed the exergue. I'll let you know if I see or acquire any more from this series. Thanks for the update!

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