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 Posted 05/15/2018  09:50 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add gtkwml to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have this coin that looks like it was struck with a hammer on the left side. No detail at all on the reverse. I can make out the letters PMTRPC, and I'm thinking Trajan, though those letters apparently are also on Titus. I think the bust looks more like Trajan. Your thoughts? And thanks for all the great info on this site!


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 Posted 05/15/2018  10:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Trajan would be more likely; it's a little hard to make out the bust in the picture. Can you get straight-on images in natural sunlight?

The part of the legend is visible is present on many imperial coins until about the 250s. They are:

PM = Pontifex Maximus (chief priest of the Roman religion)

TR P = Tribunicia Potestas (Tribune Power, being personally inviolable while in office. Renewed annually on December 20; in effect used to count regnal years)

C would be for COS, Consul. A powerful position within the Senate, but not one that the Emperor would always fill.

By the designs of Augustus, there was no "emperor" but rather a single individual who could occupy several important Republican offices to maintain power for life. This became of increasingly lesser importance, and was rarely put on coinage after the fall of the Severans in 238. Diocletian formally ended the Principate in the 280s, and established the position of a bona fide Emperor.
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 Posted 05/15/2018  10:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gtkwml to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Finn: Thanks for all the info. I have a lot to learn!
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 Posted 05/15/2018  10:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gtkwml to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Any guess as to why a coin would receive a strong hammer blow like that? It doesn't appear to be a counter strike.
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 Posted 05/15/2018  2:20 pm  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That would qualify as a “countersmash”.
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 Posted 05/15/2018  2:50 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Can you post a clearer picture?
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 Posted 05/15/2018  3:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gtkwml to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll see if I can get a clearer pic with my older iPhone -- only camera I have.
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 Posted 05/15/2018  3:28 pm  Show Profile   Check FVRIVS RVFVS's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add FVRIVS RVFVS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Helpful hint
If you place the coin down on a dark surface the camera will be unable to focus on anything but the coin you are trying to image.

It will also do away with your thumb !

Even a dark pair of blue jeans will work
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 Posted 05/15/2018  4:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gtkwml to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the hint. I tried holding the coin because I never got good results taking photos on the kitchen counter. Which is WHITE! I'll try the dark background and repost.
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 Posted 05/15/2018  6:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gtkwml to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well, no luck. Maybe my old iPhone 5 isn't up to it.
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 Posted 05/17/2018  03:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add arnoldoe to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All of my pictures are with an Iphone 5...
Taken on my kitchen table..

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 Posted 05/17/2018  04:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think that this hammer blow may be as old as the coin itself.
Silver denarius images 1. and 3. look a bit 'iffy' to me, style of Aurelius' face looks a bit 'off'.
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 Posted 05/19/2018  2:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add arnoldoe to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Silver denarius images 1. and 3. look a bit 'iffy' to me, style of Aurelius' face looks a bit 'off'.

A few more pictures..

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Thanks for the larger images.
I have been too hasty.
I have had a serious look at other images of M.Aurelius denarii on Google Images,
and have had to re consider.

Looks to be a rather nice example of
C.30, R.I.C. 2, B.M.C. 1
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