Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by kevin McGonigal, Feb 21, 2020.
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This in itself is not so unusual. Excavators, dealers and ancient coin restorers are known to apply coatings to preserve the coins from oxidation and to maintain their patinas. Some dealers are even known to apply honey and put the coins in the oven to create a seal. Note: I once tried this particular method without success but really I just didn't know what I was doing.
My thoughts as well.
Interesting. Would the tool and die maker, the celator, who made the mint mark have been the same at the one engraving the inscription? I am trying to compare that to the other writing on the coin. I will try to find another coin from Nicomedia to compare the lettering of the mint mark. Thanks for the response.
And another from Coin Achives:
Thanks. I had seen the one with the A (officina?) mark but it seems to have been filled so I could not compare this A with my own. I am at a loss at what to do about the one I posted and questioned. I purchased it from a local shop where I do a good deal of business and I really like the guy. I know he will give me a refund but I paid $150 for it and if I return it as a fake, or even just a questionable coin, he will not offer it for resale and he will get stuck for it. I don't want to do that unless I am pretty certain that it is fake. I am not trying to desperately convince my self that the coin is authentic but trying to make sure it is not authentic so he does not throw away or destroy what might be a genuine coin. Thanks for your response.
I think so as well.
8.67 grams. RIC Nicomedia 121
Note the palm(?) branches on either side of "NIKB". This and the other coins show more feathering than the OP coin.
I think the surface corrosion suffered by the OP coin could have lowered the weight of a genuine coin to 7 grams. The surface has too many problems for me to hazard a guess as to whether it is cast.
OBVERSE: D N FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
REVERSE: SECVRITAS REIPVB dot, bull right, two stars above, palm branch-CONSPA-palm branch in ex.
Struck at Constantinople 3 Nov 361 - 26 June 363 A.D
RIC VIII 164
Holy cow. I hope not.
Here's a link to a photo of a similar coin from the Wildwinds page for Julian II (http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/ric/julian_II/t.html):
http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/ric/julian_II/_nicomedia_RIC_121_A.jpg . You will notice that the A in SECVRITAS is closed, making me even more confident that you coin is genuine. I see no reason to question its authenticity. Enjoy your coin; it's a nice example of an interesting type.
Thanks for those links and kind wish.
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