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       These are the bust descriptions from RIC VII. This is the page of plain busts. A bust can be either facing left or facing right.The term 'plain bust' means that the image is depicted with a bust only. It will not be carrying or holding anything like a shield or spear. A plain bust can be draped, cuirassed or both. The busts are bare-headed, laureate, radiate, helmeted,diademed or veiled. The diadems can be plain, rosette or pearl. There may also be some variation between the coins pictured and other coins.
    Nota Bene--Sometimes the RIC description is not correct! Exempli Gratia-- the K4 description left out rest of the sentence after the word "globe."  The I1 description is draped, but I have only seen this type as cuirassed. A few of the examples I have illustrated do not exactly match the RIC description, but were the closest I could find-- one example, the H5 type I illustrated does not have a spear.

1.  Plain Busts


A.  Bare-headed

A1
head bare
A1 Bust    head bare
A2
head bare,
draped, cuirassed,
seen from the back
A2 Bust   head bare, draped, cuirassed, seen from the back
A3
head bare
draped, cuirassed,
bust facing
A3 Bust    head bare, draped, cuirassed, bust facing
A4
head bare
draped, cuirassed
A4 Bust   HANNIBALIANUS    head bare, draped, cuirassed
A5
head bare,
cuirassed
A5 Bust  Constantine II    head bare, cuirassed
A6
head bare,
waved hair,
mantled (Fausta)
A6 Bust    head bare, waved hair, mantled (Fausta)
A7
head bare, 
but intertwined plaits
encircling head, plaits
decorated with hair-pins,
mantled with necklace,
(Constantia)
A7 Bust   head bare, but intertwined plaits; encircling head, plaits decorated with hair-pins, mantled with necklace, (Constantia)


B.  Laureate

B1
head laureate
B1 Bust     head laureate
B2
head laureate,
looking upwards
B2 Bust     head laureate, looking upwards
B3
head laureate,
draped,cuirassed,
seen from the back
B3 Bust  Constantine II     head laureate, draped,cuirassed, seen from the back
B4
bust laureate,
draped
cuirassed
B4 Bust    bust laureate, draped, cuirassed
B5
bust laureate,
cuirassed
B5 Bust    bust laureate, cuirassed
B6
bust laureate,
wearing trabea


C.  Radiate

C1
head radiate
C1 Bust  image photographed bt Doug Smith in Tory Failmezger's Roman Bronze Coins      head radiate
C2
bust radiate
draped, cuirassed,
seen from back
C2 Bust    bust radiate, draped, cuirassed, seen from back
C3
bust radiate
draped, cuirassed
C3 Bust     bust radiate, draped, cuirassed
C4
bust radiate
cuirassed
C4 Bust  Constantine II    bust radiate, cuirassed


D.  Helmeted

D1
helmeted,
draped, cuirassed
D1 Bust    helmeted, draped, cuirassed
D2
helmeted
cuirassed
D2 Bust    helmeted, cuirassed
D3
helmeted
wearing imperial cloak
(Vrbs Roma)
D3 Bust    helmeted, wearing imperial cloak  (Vrbs Roma)
D4
helmet with plume,
wearing imperial cloak
(Vrbs Roma)
D4 Bust    helmet with plume, wearing imperial cloak  (Vrbs Roma)
D5
laureate helmet,
draped, cuirassed
D6
laureate helmet
cuirassed
D6 Bust   laureate helmet, cuirassed
D7
high-crested helmet
(bowl shaped)
cuirassed
D7 Bust    high-crested helmet  (bowl shaped), cuirassed


E.  Diademed

E1
head with
plain diadem
E1 Bust    head with plain diadem
E2
head with
rosette-diadem
E2. Bust    head with rosette-diadem
E3
head with
pearl diadem
E3 Bust    head with pearl diadem
E4
head with
plain diadem,
looking upwards
E4 Bust  Constantius II    head with plain diadem, looking upwards
E5
head with
rosette-diadem,
looking upwards
E6
head with
pearl diadem,
looking upwards
E6 Bust   Constantius II   head with pearl diadem, looking upwards
E7
plain diadem
draped, cuirassed bust
E7 Bust  Constantine II    plain diadem, draped, cuirassed bust
E8
rosette diadem,
draped, cuirassed bust
E8 Bust    rosette diadem, draped, cuirassed bust
E9
pearl diadem
draped, cuirassed bust
E9 Bust  Constantius II    pearl diadem; draped and cuirassed bust
E10
diademed, mantled,
with necklace
(Helena)
E10 Bust    diademed, mantled, with necklace (Helena)
E11
double pearl diadem
with forehead jewel
on plait encircling head,
mantled with necklace
(Helena)
E11 Bust   double pearl diadem with forehead jewel on plait encircling head, mantled with necklace (Helena)


F.  Veiled

F1
head veiled
and laureate
F1 Bust  Constantius Chlorus    head veiled and laureate



 
 

Adjunct bust types G-I

last modified on 20 July 2007

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