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 Posted 03/16/2012  01:59 am Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add saxdiva to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I didn't spend a lot of money for this, but I would very much like it to be genuine. That way, I'd have one way-older-than-anything-I've-ever-owned coin in my collection, and I could go back to scrounging up cheap world coins again. Opinions?




Thanks!

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 Posted 03/16/2012  03:58 am  Show Profile Check Biancasdad's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Biancasdad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Saxdiva,

Your coin is actually Constantine the Great minted at Thessalonica and struck in 324AD.

Attribution

Constantine I - Thessalonica Mint - AE3 - RIC VII 123

Obverse: CONSTAN_TINVS AVG, Laureated head right

Reverse: D N CONSTANTINI MAX AVG, Laurel wreath enclosing VOT/XX with TSepsilonVI in exergue

Here is another example below that shows a clearer mint mark.

Regards,

-Kurt


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 Posted 03/16/2012  05:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's genuine enough, all right!

And a really nice example of a bronze coin of Constantine The Great to boot!

He is considered to be the first Christian Roman Emperor.
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 Posted 03/16/2012  11:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ValiantKnight to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yours looks real to me. Late Roman bronzes aren't usually counterfeited, so you generally don't have to worry about fakes when buying them.
"For as long as Belisarius lives, it is impossible for him to relinquish this city." - Roman general Belisarius, responding to a group of Gothic envoys, during the Gothic siege of Rome in 537 AD

Attributed coins in my collection so far - Roman: 238, Byzantine: 34, Post-Roman Germanic: 21
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 Posted 03/16/2012  11:31 am  Show Profile Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice original coin, and a rare example. Listed as R2.
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 Posted 03/16/2012  3:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add giano to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
very nice portrait,it remeber me a great costanitne's head I saw in Rome....
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 Posted 03/16/2012  7:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bing to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No doubt about it's authenticity.
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 Posted 03/16/2012  8:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add saxdiva to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very cool, and thanks so much for all the info. No wonder people get so addicted to this--it's mind-blowing to look at a coin that's nearly 1700 years old.

I guess old coins are another of those things that you don't really OWN, you just take care of them for the next generation. :-)

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 Posted 03/16/2012  8:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DVCollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice piece of history!
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