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Unusual Left Facing Hadrian

 
 
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 Posted 09/09/2019  5:47 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add dubn to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have got an interesting denarius of Hadrian. It appears to be a variant of RIC II 268 with bust facing left rather than the usual right. I found very few left-facing examples of this type on acsearch and elsewhere, of which two are bare-headed but also cuirassed. I failed to find an exact match for the bust type. Has anyone here seen this variant before?

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 Posted 09/09/2019  9:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting variant. Left facing busts of Hadrian are quite scarce, but not rare.

I found five examples of a left facing bust of Hadrian on Vcoins - a dupondius of Rome Mint, and four examples of Roman Colonial- Alexandria Mint.

Not happy with what I see with those radial edge cracks. There appears to be no evidence of tensile metal distress within the cracks - the cracks appears to be partly filled in - a characteristic of casting.
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09/09/2019 9:22 pm
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 Posted 09/09/2019  10:33 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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Interesting coin, was this a ground find?
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 Posted 09/09/2019  11:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The COS III PP series includes ten obverse bust types (a-j), including four left-facing varieties (g,h,i,j). Five busts, none left-facing, are attested in RIC for #268. While unattested, such a find is perhaps not surprising. The snippet from RIC below will give some idea of the many varieties.

That being said, I share sel_69l's concerns. Hybrids are not uncommon among contemporary counterfeits.

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 Posted 09/10/2019  04:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dubn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you very much for your replies.

echizento - thank you and yes, the denarius was recently found in the UK.

sel_69l, Kushanshah - the coin is definitely genuine, the cracks were just filled with soil. I am attaching two close ups of the edge after a quick cleaning with a soft brush in distilled water.



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 Posted 09/10/2019  06:41 am  Show Profile   Check FVRIVS RVFVS's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add FVRIVS RVFVS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Marvelous pics
While I generally stay clear of silver coin I do like the looks of this one
I would not clean it further
But that is merely my preference
I dislike shiny ancients
IN GOD WE TRVST ....... all others pay cash !

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 Posted 09/10/2019  07:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dubn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you.

I couldn't agree more regarding cleaning. It will be left as it is.
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 Posted 09/10/2019  08:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Much happier with what I see in the edge pictures.
They carry more 'weight' than the original pictures.
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 Posted 09/10/2019  1:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I had no doubt that the coin is ancient. My question was whether it is official. Most counterfeit denarii in Roman Britain were either fourrée or cast. Neither is apparent in the photos of the edge.

The original RIC II is nearly 100 years old. Many new varieties have appeared since. A revised RIC II, part 1, through AD 96, was published in 2007.
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