Barbarous follis with an extremely rare bust type - imitation of Constantine (307-337 AD), VLPP type imitating Siscia, Danube area

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Helmeted Constantine facing right raising hand (?), corrupt legend around / Two Victories standing, corrupt VICTORIA LAETAE PRINC PERP, Siscian mintmark in exergue. 18mm, 3.29 grams. Found in Germany.

This is an extremely rare bust type with the Constantine left, raising hand (?). 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.