L. TITURIUS L. F. SABINUS. AR Denarius. Rome, 89 BC. Obv. Bare head of King Tatius to right; palm below chin, SABIN behind. Rev. Rape of the Sabine women; L•TITVRI below. Crawford 344/1b | Babelon RSC, Tituria 2. 19.9, 3.4 grams
This denarius just came in today and at first glance the color and texture was a little off to me. I bought it from a coin shop on eBay that sells many ancients, however, they do not specialize in this area. I even pulled out my Republican coinage for comparison and it looked like the odd one out. However, the more I examine the coin, I feel it more than likely is genuine. It appears to be struck (raised surface and clean legend)and there are no signs of a seam on the edge. Although a tad bit light, the weight is OK. I am leaning toward possible signs of crystallization and/or brittleness. There is a piece of the edge that is slightly chipped away which kinda reveals this.
Any thoughts and also if anyone recognizes the original dealer from the flip, please let me know. Thanks for looking