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Very rare type with two soldiers fighting on the reverse! Barbarous imitation of a VLPP follis of Crispus, late 310's-early 320's AD, Danubian frontier, Roman Empire

Very rare type with two soldiers fighting on the reverse! Barbarous imitation of a VLPP follis of Crispus, late 310's-early 320's AD, Danubian frontier, Roman Empire

Helmeted Crispus facing left, holding a tilted spear, corrupt inscriptions / Two soldiers, each holding a sword and a shield, upright spear between them, fighting each other, corrupt inscriptions around and in exergue. 14mm, 1.20 grams.

This type is a very misinterpreted and corrupt imitation of a Siscian follis with two Victories standing of the VICTORIA LAETAE PRINC PERP. The normal Danubian imitations are quite common, while the type with the Victories degenerated into fighting soldiers is very rare (this is only the second coin of this type I've ever seen). T

These imitations of Constantinian debased argentii and/or folli circulated widely on both sides of the Danubian border in the late 310's / early 320's. The coins seems to have been used by both the Romans and by Allamani (the ancestors of Germans) and Franks (ancestors of French) -it is uncertain who actually minted them, though it is possible that they were minted both in the Roman garrisons (to supplement the amount of coinage available) and by the barbarians.

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