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 Posted 01/05/2019  11:41 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I assume these are late Roman, but I don' recognize the busts at all. Very unique to me. I can't find a match anywhere especially with the few clues left.

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 Posted 01/05/2019  1:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ben to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The first one appears to be a 'ROMA' campgate issue of Valentinian III.
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 Posted 01/05/2019  1:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Somebody else suggested that as well. I'm just not seeing it. This is what's throwing me off - what is it?


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 Posted 01/05/2019  7:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pendrak to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi travelcoin-

One of my specialties is late Roman AE4s size 5mm to about 11mm so hopefully I can help. Two important factors in identifying these are size and weight.

Just from the pictures provided I am leaning toward barbarous on both at this time. Barbarous is not necessarily bad if you can identify which barbarians minted them. LOL. Size and weight will help.

Coin one- Elf ears on obverse. Size and weight might help on the reverse.

Coin two might be a "two victories" type reverse- hard to tell from the pic. The obverse portrait is quite detailed so if it is not barbarous, I am thinking Valentinian II, Theodosius, or Arcadius. The big eye and possible blundered legends look a bit barbarous to me-

Just my opinions

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 Posted 01/06/2019  11:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pendrak, thank you for taking a shot at this, I don't have the size and weight. I like trying to solve hard to identify Romans (just got two today and one was Arcadius). These two busts were completed "off", so yes they may be barbarous issues - very good hypothesis.
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