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A Beautiful Constantius II Gloria Exercitvs

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 Posted 03/21/2020  11:56 pm Show Profile   Check Paul Bulgerin's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Paul Bulgerin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I won this coin tonight. I paid way too much for it, but it is so lovely that I thought it was worth the price.

The GLORIA EXERCITVS series is one of my favorite Roman type coins. This is an exceptionally beautiful example, at least to me.

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 Posted 03/22/2020  12:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A beauty. Congrats on the win.
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 Posted 03/22/2020  12:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Design detail all there.
Lovely contrasting patina.

If you think you paid too much for it, not a bother in the future. You will sooner or later forget about that, and just appreciate it.
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 Posted 03/22/2020  06:07 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent detail and patina.
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 Posted 03/22/2020  06:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Super remaining detail--great pick-up!
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 Posted 03/22/2020  08:43 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
For the right price I would "bite" on this one
After all Bronze is beautiful
Coming from the 'East' it is nice to see the "desert patina" which looks quite genuine
But personally I would want to see a bit less of it
I know that is sacrilege to many
But looking to all the world like a near mint state example
Well ........ I would like to see more of its "mintyness" !
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 Posted 03/22/2020  09:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice pick up with great detail. I am not a fan of desert patina probably because it is commonly"faked" and I still have a hard time determining the difference. But this is an attractive coin.
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 Posted 03/22/2020  10:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yep wonderful looking coin ....Looks to have quite high relief and detail on both sides..

Ref Sand patinas....I've had my fair share of this type patina..
Here's 3 coins in from my collection...
1.I'm sure the sand patina is real.
2.I'm NOT sure but haven't tried to clean it yet.
3.10 seconds in distilled water....From the infamous 'Z' before BobL's 'Too much yellow' thread.
And I know which result I prefer...
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 Posted 03/22/2020  2:00 pm  Show Profile   Check FVRIVS RVFVS's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add FVRIVS RVFVS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think the "patina" in this case is genuine
The fake patinas I have encountered were used to hide a rough unsightly surface beneath
Fill in the holes with mud plaster !

One of my first cleaning successes involved a not too dissimilar looking subject



I was very surprised by how less than one day in distilled (plus some brass brush) removed about 90% !
It did arouse some suspicions in the dark corners of my brain
But what sort of lunatic would apply fake patina to a "gem"
I am satisfied the coin is genuine
Therefore the patina must have been too


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 Posted 03/22/2020  5:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tenbobbit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The patina does look false to me but, I am no expert.
Underneath the patina the coin appears in excellent condition but, it is Constantine ii not Constantius ii.
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 Posted 03/22/2020  6:10 pm  Show Profile   Check Paul Bulgerin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Paul Bulgerin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You're right. It is Constantine II.
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 Posted 03/22/2020  9:10 pm  Show Profile   Check FVRIVS RVFVS's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add FVRIVS RVFVS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
How easily distracted we become when face to face with "beauty" !
Something is a plain as the very writing on it but we can still deceive ourselves
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 Posted 03/23/2020  7:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pcabrita to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Paul, well done! What a beautiful coin!
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 Posted 03/24/2020  11:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a few "desert patina" coins, but can't say that I am a great fan of them. Looking at the cleaned coins belonging to @Palouche and @FVRIVS RVFVS, I am tempted to have a go at cleaning one of mine. The detail revealed after cleaning is amazing, and the coins look so much better.

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 Posted 04/13/2020  12:03 pm  Show Profile   Check Paul Bulgerin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Paul Bulgerin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here is my photo of the coin. It has a very reddish sand patina.


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 Posted 04/13/2020  12:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@Paul Bulgerin......What a difference a photo can make.

This is a nice looking coin, well centred and lovely detail...

Do you plan on cleaning it?.....Whichever way you go it's a real cracker!
Congrats Paul
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