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 Posted 10/21/2019  01:08 am Show Profile   Check Yokozuna's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Yokozuna to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This is one of two Roman coins I have in my collection. I had all of the information about it at one time, but I seem to have lost it.

I'd like to know Who, What, Where and When, of course, but I'd also like to here about the condition and strike. Any information will help!

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 Posted 10/21/2019  03:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pilegicvs to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Constantius Gallus. Caesar 351-354 AD. Rough flan, though nice detail on the reverse.

See more examples of his coins here:

http://wildwinds.com/coins/ric/cons...allus/i.html
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 Posted 10/21/2019  5:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ben to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It reads FEL TEMP REPARATIO (translates to something like 'Happy times are back') and shows a barbarian being speared by a roman soldier. The barbarian often has distinguishing features (phrygian cap for a phrygian, beard and braids for a Gaul etc), but this one is plain. The strike was fairly good, giving definition to the high points, but it looks like the obverse die was damaged or filled (1 o'clock). The torn up edges show that they used a lot of force.

Unfortunately, it has been heavily overcleaned, which has removed a lot of fine details and completely stripped the patina. Coins with such overcleaning are commonly considered low grade, even though this one has little porosity and fairly good detail.
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 Posted 10/22/2019  11:04 pm  Show Profile   Check Yokozuna's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Yokozuna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the info! It's just what I wanted to know. I bought this coin from a 3 for $5 box at a coin shop in Dallas 20 years ago.

"Happy Times are Back"... but not for the Barbarian.
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