Anonymous AE Semuncia

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  1. Lane Walker

    Lane Walker Active Member

    Very few Roman Republic coins in my collection but this one at-auction recently was too beautiful to pass up, (not to mention one of the few that I was lucky enough to actually win). I'm just so smitten with Mercury in this coin and and the beautiful green patina!

    Roman Republic / AE, 20mm, 7.0gm / 217-215 BC
    Obv: Bust of Mercury right, wearing winged petasos
    Rev: Prow of galley right, ROMA above


    If anyone out there is familiar with this type or can help me isolate the mint I would really appreciate it! I understand that it is anonymous. Would the author's mark generally be under the prow? Also, the previous attribution puts this at 217-215 BC and I'm unsure why exactly?

    References in the previous attribution are: Sydenham 87; BMCRR 129; Crawford 38/7
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  3. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Excellent style, type, strike, centering and patina! Judging from the patina I believe the mint to be fresh:facepalm:
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    Last edited: Jan 19, 2020
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  4. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    I like the Semuncia denom:

    No mint marks this early in Roman coinage.

    RR Anon AE 19mm Semuncia 217-215 Mercury Prow Sear 620 Craw 38-7.jpg
    RR Anonymous Rome mint AE 19mm Semuncia 217-215 Mercury Prow ROMA above Sear 620 Craw 38-7
  5. Lane Walker

    Lane Walker Active Member

    That is such a beauty! Thanks for sharing.
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