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A Trajan Denarius Hiding As Roman Bronze

 
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 Posted 02/19/2020  9:37 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This coin was being sold as a "Ancient Roman Coin" - The description mentioned that it wasn't silver, but assumed to be a bronze. I knew it looked like a denarius, but it looked bronze to me as well. Thought it may be some sort of mid-19th century replica. Got the coin in yesterday and it sure the heck is a silver denarius. A scarce type that was one of a series minted to commemorate Trajan's victory over the Dacians, and the annexation of Dacia to the empire.

The toning seems to be a brownish black color. Sort of like it may have been sitting in a cigar smoke filled room for years. I almost want to clean it, but the color is actually growing on me as I have no other denarii that quite looks like it.


Trajan, AR denarius, Rome. AD 111. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder / COS V PP SPQR OPTIMO PRINC, Victory, naked to hips, standing right, foot on rock, inscribing DA-CI-CA on a shield set on a palm stump. RIC 130; RSC 80; Strack 131; BMC 322; Sear 3128.


This is a better photo that depicts the brownish color.
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02/19/2020 9:40 pm
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 Posted 02/19/2020  9:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It pays to take a chance now and then. Nice find.
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 Posted 02/19/2020  10:17 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think what might have happened is that the coin was lacquered at some point and the lacquer has turned brown leaving a nice tone.
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 Posted 02/19/2020  10:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ok well that answers my question Ron--the black fields could be covered in old lacquer. The bust also is somewhat darker than just silver--maybe it got partly cleaned sometime after the lacquering and now has started to tone?
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 Posted 02/19/2020  10:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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the coin was lacquered at some point
Yes, that well may be the case - nice call. Should I clean it or keep it as is?
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 Posted 02/19/2020  11:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If it is lacquer, it should come off with an extended acetone bath.
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 Posted 02/20/2020  05:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@travelcoin...Nice pick up!...I actually like it as is...

Do you have an up close photo of the reverse too?

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 Posted 02/20/2020  6:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Paul, I should take a pic of that reverse, the second obverse photo is much better. Probably this weekend. Thanks everyone for chiming in.
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