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 Posted 10/03/2022  3:36 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Albert to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This reminds me of Roman, but if so, which might it be?
It's very small at 1.75 grams and 17mm.
Don't know which way is up on the poor reverse.
Could be a crown on top or maybe some letters on one side if rotated?

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 Posted 10/03/2022  4:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add erafjel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A Roman antoninianus. Possibly Gallienus - inscription, portrait and weight can match, see for instance here for the obverse (the reverse is illegible and can be a different one ...): http://numismatics.org/ocre/id/ric.....157?lang=en
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 Posted 10/03/2022  5:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Albert to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for the information.
So the coin should then be silver?
My SG is 7.4 making it not authentic because a silver coin should not have SG so low?
Probably a replica or a piece made just for schools or hobbyists to have in hand depicting what an ancient Roman coin would look like?
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 Posted 10/03/2022  9:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add livingwater to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The coin looks genuine to me but very worn. Do a google search type antoninianus, you will see what the metal content is, though it became debased over time. Most of the coins you are posting are fake, replicas or genuine but very worn not worth much. While it's fun and interesting to study or collect fakes replicas, in the long run it might be better for you to spend time and money on genuine ancient coins, buy from well known trusted dealers. Genuine coins in good condition hold their value and can appreciate. What you have will always be worth little. Late Roman bronze coins are one area where prices can be modest, someone can have a nice collection of ancient coins without spending a lot. Looking at ancient coin sites and auctions is a good way to learn about ancient coins, look read the descriptions of coins on places like Vcoins, sixbid, CNG Coins, acsearch.info, LateRomanBronzeCoins, ForumAncientCoins, etc. There's also reference books you can buy if you want.
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 Posted 10/03/2022  10:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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So the coin should then be silver?

Roman silver coins gradually got worse and worse during the second and third centuries, but until the time of Valerian, they still enough silver in the coins for them to "look silvery". But by Gallienus's time, there was barely any silver present at all - probably less than 1%. To show how bad the coins were, when Aurelian reformed the coinage a few years later, he set the silver fineness at 4% - and everybody agreed this was a considerable improvement; Aurelian thought it was worth boasting about, hence the "XXI" (20:1) fineness mark on those coins.

Gallienus is pretty much the nadir of Roman coinage, in terms of silver fineness, and quality of the coins themselves - irregular-shaped, poorly struck and only the emperor's portrait receiving much attention to detail.
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