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Women Of Rome - New Addition, Faustina Sr Denarius - ID Confirmation

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 Posted 05/10/2021  9:41 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add brenpickle to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I noticed people were reviving some of the women of Rome threads, so I figured it was the perfect time to post one of my other new additions. It is a Faustina Sr with a Pietas reverse. I believe it to be RIC 394a

What I am wondering is, are the reddish brown spots encrustation or is it copper showing through and this is a course? I think it is encrustation, but just want to make sure.

Weight is 3.60 grams which seems fine for me for a Denarius of this time. Thank you for any help and let me know if I got the attribution wrong.
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05/10/2021 9:42 pm
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 Posted 05/11/2021  12:08 am  Show Profile   Check louisvillekyshop's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add louisvillekyshop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You know only you can take the photo needed. You have to have the camera in very close setting then hold it to the light so it looks like the person seeing the coin is traveling across the surface. In my experience a person can see if the silver is on top or the encrustation. Now if this was a surface encrustation that was scrapped off the silver might look higher and the damage was rooted in the coin, but we'd see more of a pitting there. So I think there is a photo to be had to give us a better view. You can see below I can't pull that resolution out or the correct angle from your photo. Also, a later coin a person can make a case for the acid wash they did on the mixture before the strike so the spongy noble silver does look plated after the strike, but this is early enough the center should not be red like later coins would have and still be ancient. New photo please?

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05/11/2021 12:11 am
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