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  • Licinius I - "Silver" Post Reform Radiate

    Hello Folks!

    What? You thought I was devoured by a black hole or something since I haven't posted in years? No - just busy with a whole ton of stuff in life. But, I'm back in the ancient coin world again to some degree, having been hired by Bill Puetz to be the Customer Service Manager for VCoins.

    Anyway, I was working at a coin show yesterday and ran across the following item I am trying to get information for the dealer. The piece looks and sounds like silver. It's pretty nice looking in hand, actually.

    Here is the attribution and my notes so far.

    Licinius I, Argenteus?, 317-320, Nicomedia, Officina 1
    IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS P F AVG
    Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right
    IOVI CONS_ERVATORI
    Jupiter standing left, naked but for chlamys across left shoulder, Victory on globe in right hand, eagle-tipped scepter in left, eagle with wreath in beak at feet to left, bound captive at feet to right
    X / IIΓ in right field
    SMNA in exergue
    19mm, 2.89g
    cf. RIC VII, 44 (R1)

    Note: This doesn't look cast, as the surfaces are decent and in general the edges look struck. There is one smooth area on the edge which could have been where a casting sprue was located, or where the coin was mounted in jewelry. The obverse is relatively sharp, but the reverse is flat and mushy. I have not been able to locate any other examples, so I'm not sure if this was a one-off copy; fantasy type for experimentation; or specifically made for a piece of jewelry.
    Attached Files
    VCoins Ancients Store:
    http://www.vcoins.com/beastcoins

    VCoins US/Banknotes Store:
    http://www.vcoins.com/us/beastcoins

    VCoins World Store:
    http://www.vcoins.com/world/beastcoins

    Beast Coins Research Site:
    http://www.beastcoins.com

  • #2
    I can't help with the coin But I am really glad to see you back on the board. I really enjoyed your enthusiasm for ancients and your contributions for the community.

    Paul

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    • #3
      Are you sure it hasn't been resilvered?
      Thanks!
      Nathan Hochrein

      http://www.vcoins.com/en/stores/hold...y_type=ancient

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      • #4
        Originally posted by nhochrein View Post
        Are you sure it hasn't been resilvered?
        It doesn't look or sound like it, but that would be one explanation for the piece.
        VCoins Ancients Store:
        http://www.vcoins.com/beastcoins

        VCoins US/Banknotes Store:
        http://www.vcoins.com/us/beastcoins

        VCoins World Store:
        http://www.vcoins.com/world/beastcoins

        Beast Coins Research Site:
        http://www.beastcoins.com

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        • #5
          Originally posted by paul1888 View Post
          I can't help with the coin But I am really glad to see you back on the board. I really enjoyed your enthusiasm for ancients and your contributions for the community.

          Paul
          Thanks, Paul! I'll be more active after I catch up with a lot of other loose ends first.
          VCoins Ancients Store:
          http://www.vcoins.com/beastcoins

          VCoins US/Banknotes Store:
          http://www.vcoins.com/us/beastcoins

          VCoins World Store:
          http://www.vcoins.com/world/beastcoins

          Beast Coins Research Site:
          http://www.beastcoins.com

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          • #6
            Looking at it, it reminds me of the "pseudo argenteii" that were struck in Treveri around the same time, the ones that are struck from what looks like a silver-rich billon. This one has the value mark right on the reverse, so it is obviously not trying to be anything other than a standard silver-plated nummus. Makes me wonder if the mints at this time were maybe experimenting with a silver-rich billon as an alternative to silver plating?

            --Robert

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            • #7
              Obvious, the obverse is real but the reverse is fake! Of course, I am kidding. Good to see you back. Wish I had some insight to coin. The absolutely perfect centering and that strange sprue remnant at the top of the reverse makes me suspect a made for jewelry piece, but I am far from certain.

              Mac

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