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ID:     74000778
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Valerius Valens
Date Ruled:     AD 316-317
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE 3
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 316-317
Weight:     3.99 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     IMP C AVR VAL VALENS P F AVG
Obverse Description:     Laureated head right
Reverse Description:     Jupiter standing left, naked except for chlamys across left shoulder, holding Victory on globe in right hand, and left leaning on sceptre; eagle with wreath in beak at feet to left
Exergue:     ALE
Mint Mark:     ALE/ K in left field/ wreath/X/B
Mint:     Alexandria
Primary Reference:     RIC VII 019 var
Reference2:     SRCV 3823
Reference3:     VM 001
Reference4:     Cohen 2 var. (same); Sternberg VII (24 November 1977), lot 1026 (same obv. die).
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Price Sold For:     37500 USD
Date Sold:     Monday, 8 January 2007
Grade:     EF, dark brown, almost black, surfaces; and the finest known.
Notes:     (1) Officina "B" is unrecorded in RIC for this issue (2) Triton X, Lot: 778 (3) Extremely rare, approximately 10 known of all varieties. R.A.G. Carson’s examination of the Geneva Forgeries, however, led to the conclusion that most of these coins were modern, and only two, the Paris and Berlin coins, remained as authentic. A few more authentic coins have appeared on the market recently. A review of these, combined with the previous two coins, reveals that both officinas at Alexandria, and likely all eight at Cyzicus, produced issues for Valens