Caracalla Aureus?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by arnoldoe, Jan 19, 2022.

  1. arnoldoe

    arnoldoe Well-Known Member

    A new Aureus which came in a group lot of "plated" coins

    doesn't appear to be plated, with no core showing even with a deep scrape on the top right of the obverse.. however I think it is probably a little bit debased..

    ..From what I found I think the type only exists as an Aureus of Caracalla +
    mine weighs 6.1 grams vs 7.2 grams on average for a genuine Aureus

    So my guess would be an ancient forgery of a Caracalla Aureus, made by pouring gold into a mold made from a genuine(but holed) Caracalla Aureus then breaking it out?

    same type (not mine)
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  3. romismatist

    romismatist Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a reasonable hypothesis!
  4. ancient coin hunter

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  5. curtislclay

    curtislclay Well-Known Member

    It would appear that the holed original from which the cast piece was derived shared both of its dies with the EF original that you also illustrate.
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  6. arnoldoe

    arnoldoe Well-Known Member

    Yes, I think there was only 1 die I could find on acsearch with spes + the same obverse legend
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