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Q. Fufius Calenus & Mucius Cordus. Serrate Denarius - Doubts?

 
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 Posted 01/27/2021  3:56 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This being my first serrated coin, I'm not really sure if I'm just overthinking this. It might also be that I'm stunned that I was to purchase a great lot at a decent price. (I will post the rest later)

So I'm putting it out there for some opinions. In hand, the coin is stunning and the fabric and deposits on the reverse looks genuine. But the weight and maybe a casting seem is making be a wee bit doubtful. Any opinions would be appreciated.

The weight on the examples I've researched are between 3.2 - 3.9 grams.

If I've attributed it at all incorrectly, please let me know (sorry for the pics they're not so great.)

Q. Fufius Calenus & Mucius Cordus. Serrate denarius, 2.7g (18mm). Rome, 70 BC. Obv: Jugate heads of Honos and Virtus right, labeled HO and VIRT respectively; KALENI below. Rx: Italia (labeled ITAL) clasping hands with Roma (RO), CORDI in exergue. Crawford 403/1. Sydenham 797. RSC Fufia 1.

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 Posted 01/27/2021  8:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not looking good for this denarius, I've had a few say it's a cast.
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 Posted 01/27/2021  8:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I can't see the parting line in your pics @tc, but for me that would be a clear indication of it being a fake. Perhaps the serrations around the edge were used to at least partially obscure this aspect.
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 Posted 01/28/2021  11:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Unfortunately, there is a seam clearly visible in the horizontal edge photo. [Edit] Looks like you may also have identified the feeder channel.
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01/28/2021 11:58 am
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 Posted 01/28/2021  12:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, sometimes we take a shot and hope to hit it big. The seller has a 30 day money back so I went for it. Here are the pics of the lot, I'm only familiar with the Romans though. If the Mark Antony checks out, then I'm fine even with this dud.

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