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Does This Vespasian Coin Look Fake At All?

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 Posted 02/12/2018  01:58 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Matt2018 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

13 grams 26 mm

RIC 580

those cracks /nostrils are a bit suspicious to me. just asking


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02/12/2018 02:02 am
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 Posted 02/12/2018  02:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You can't reproduce cracks like that with casting.
From the pictures, looks to be OK.
Lettering reasonably sharp, no evidence of tooling, sharp edge of chip at 4 o'clock reverse suggests genuine. Nice orichalcum (zinc rich copper alloy) color.

I feel reasonably sure that this coin was struck at the lower end of it's alloy paste range temperature.

I normally examine such cracks with a high powered lens, looking inside the crack, hunting for tensile metal distress and sharp edges.
Can't do this with an eBay coin.
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 Posted 02/12/2018  04:29 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Other than that large crack I don't see anything wrong with the coin.
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 Posted 02/12/2018  10:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Matt, again I'm fairly new at collecting so my opinion that it's genuine - should be taken with a grain of salt. I'm really posting to let you know of two sites I always check before I post for opinions and suggestions.

P.S. I found two fakes using these sites in the past month.

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