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 Posted 02/13/2018  10:36 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add enzeno to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello,
Came across this just recently. Not many distinguishing marks. Can tell its a high % copper if not pure copper. Any opinions welcome! Thanks!





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 Posted 02/13/2018  12:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's a GLORIA EXERCITVS type, "Glory of the Army" featuring two soldiers with one army standard. Here's a handy quick reference page on the type:

http://www.tesorillo.com/aes/030/030i.htm

I can make out SMANT beneath the standard, so it's from the Antioch mint. The flan is too small to capture the emperor's name, so it's probably not certainly attributable. This type was first issued by Constantine I and continued by his three sons Constantine II, Constantius II, and Constans, plus their cousin Delmatius. Delmatius is scarcer because he was killed to consolidate power - yours ends in AVG so it isn't him at any rate.

It's not a valuable coin, but yours has a really nice portrait compared to most.
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 Posted 02/13/2018  1:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lucky Cuss to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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It's not a valuable coin, but yours has a really nice portrait compared to most.



But I wonder if that disturbed area at the top of the reverse is indicative of its once having been mounted for use as jewelry....

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 Posted 02/13/2018  2:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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disturbed area at the top of the reverse is indicative of its once having been mounted for use as jewelry


I was thinking the same thing. @enzeno, is there any chance that you could post a close-up pic of the back of the coin at the top?
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 Posted 02/13/2018  6:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add enzeno to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I thought the same thing about it being in jewelry. This coin was removed from a pressure only bezel, the kind that uses a screw at the top to hold the coin in. The fresh pink copper marks make me think that maybe at some point it was welded into a piece of jewelry potentially, like a welded loop. Unfortunately I do not have possession of the coin any more as I just took pictures for a customer. I do have a high resolution original though, I will try and get that pic and zoom in and post and see if that helps.
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 Posted 02/13/2018  6:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add enzeno to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
And of course I forget to thank everyone for their responses. I really do appreciate it.
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