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APPENDIX 2 - L'Atelier Monetaire d'Ostia - Jules Maurice

1. Three of the reverse inscriptions mentioned by Maurice are not recorded in Sutherlands and Carsons "The Roman Imperial Coinage" Vol. VI:

a) There is no record of Maurice's AETERNA FELICITAS AVG N on any of the coins minted at the Tetrarchic mints in this period. The inscription is more likely to read SAECVLI FELIC AVG N.
b) VICTOR OMNIVM GENTIVM is only definitely known from the Treviri mint whereas VICTOR OMNIVM GENTIVM AVG N is known from Ostia.
c) Sutherland and Carson suggest that GENIO AVGVSTI for Constantine is 'undoubtedly' a mistake. GENIO POP ROM does occur at Ostia with the reverse image indicated by Maurice.

In addition, five reverse inscriptions are known from Ostia that are not mentioned by Maurice:

a) CONSERVATOR VRBIS SVAE
b) VIRTVS AVG N
c) IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG
d) VICTORIA CONSTANTINI AVG
e) VICTORIA AET AVGGG NNN

2. Maurice states that POSTA, POSTB, POSTC and POSTD were used on silver coins minted at Ostia in the early part of the first period, 308 to 309 AD. Sutherland and Carson suggest that this is a mistake and that the mintmarks appearing on the only silver coins that were minted at Ostia was as follows:

MARTI PROPAG IMP AVG N - POSTD and MOSTB to D
MARTI PROPAGATORI AVG N - POSTD only
TEMPORVM FELICITAS AVG N - MOSTA and MOSTB


[et - 7-May-2005]