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 Posted 01/06/2019  06:38 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add MetzKaj to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
As Romans are not really my expertise I have no clue if this is a genuine Roman coin. It almost too beautiful and sharp to be real right? Anyone willing to help me out with this one?


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01/06/2019 11:26 am
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 Posted 01/06/2019  06:43 am  Show Profile   Check MetDet71's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add MetDet71 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is defo a genuine coin. LRB.
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 Posted 01/06/2019  06:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MetzKaj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi MetDet71,

How can you tell? Teach me Sensei.
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 Posted 01/06/2019  10:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This one looks close...But I'd wait for the experts to step in...
Yep sorry I agree...On second thoughts the obverse lengend was too long so maybe try this...
Constantine AE follis. 336-337 AD. CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / GLORIA EXERCITVS, two soldiers standing facing each other, each holding speari and shield, one standard between them. Mintmark SMN

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01/06/2019 10:19 am
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 Posted 01/06/2019  10:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MetzKaj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The thing that is bothering me (as a non-expert) is that his head is not matching w/ these guys:



Source: https://www.tesorillo.com/aes/030/030i.htm
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 Posted 01/06/2019  10:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The coin is genuine and the busts rarely ever match. In fact, that is a good sign as there were many mints and styles.


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It almost too beautiful and sharp to be real right?
Yes, a beautiful coin, but there are many examples of even better quality at affordable prices. Example, one of my favorite coins of Constantine at under $15 bucks.

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01/06/2019 10:57 am
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 Posted 01/06/2019  11:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ben to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks real to me. The enormous numbers of these surviving means that there are many many in excellent condition. Happily (or sadly, if one wished to sell), that means these can be had very cheap even in excellent condition. The bust doesn't match because each and every bust was hand cut at the mint, so no two were exactly alike. A single die could mint thousands of coins before being unusable and thousands of dies were used at each mint. It is often possible to assign the mint based on the style of the bust alone.

This one is in the middle of the cleaning process, probably using oil (which results in an even, dark patina). The crud between the letters might be soft enough to remove carefully with a toothpick, or you can put it back in oil until it is ready.

Also, I agree with Palouche's ID (which I make to be RIC VII Nicomedia 199), which I would record with the legend breaks, as these can affect the RIC number:

Constantine I, Nicomedia mint
CONSTANTI-NVS MAX AVG (Rosette diademed & cuirassed bust right) // GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS / SMN(gamma), soldiers guarding single standard, 'o' on banner.

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 Posted 01/06/2019  11:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MetzKaj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@all: Wonderful reactions. You guys rock.
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