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 Posted 03/24/2020  9:26 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add FrostyMoon to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello everyone,

I need some help identifying this worn Roman Republic As:

bronze
30mm
19.83g

obverse: Janus, laureate, with "I" above
reverse: prow right, "ROMA" below, "I" in right field, the above field is well worn and appears to be empty except for the structure on the prow

My best guess is that this coin resembles RRC 197-8B/1b... Can anyone confirm or deny this?

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 Posted 03/25/2020  12:40 am  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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Going through Crawford it might possibly be Crawford 189/1. Sydenham 370. Wish there was more detail, but because of the wear it's difficult to confirm.
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 Posted 03/25/2020  07:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DavidUK to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wasn't this the type of coin that led to them calling "ships or heads" rather than "heads or tails?"
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Thanks for your reply echizento. I did a lot of staring at the coin today. It does look like there are traces of the "A" and the "S" from "P.BLAS" in the upper field.
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 Posted 03/25/2020  8:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Wasn't this the type of coin that led to them calling "ships or heads" rather than "heads or tails?"

Correct. The Romans may not have been the first to invent the concept of tossing a coin to make a decision and/or determine the will of the gods, but the coins the Romans used to do the tossing - large bronze asses like this one - had this design for so long, "caput aut navis" (heads or ships) became the Latin call-out on a coin toss, even long after the heads-and-ships design was abandoned.
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 Posted 03/25/2020  9:52 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Do you have a copy of Crawford? If not here is a link to it.

http://davy.potdevin.free.fr/Site/crawford1.html There is also a complete version that you can download:
https://epdf.pub/roman-republican-c...olume-i.html
https://epdf.pub/roman-republican-c...lume-ii.html
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