Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Inspector43, Sep 15, 2019.
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Here is a fourrée denarius of the same emperor from my collection:
Septimius Severus, Roman Empire, fourrée denarius, 198–202 AD, Rome mint (prototype). Obv: L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, head of Septimius Severus, laureate, r. Rev: VICTORIAE AVGG FEL, Victory flying l., holding wreath, shield to l. 17mm, 2.2g. Ref: RIC IV.1 144b (prototype).
not to attempt further cleaning in the current condition. Too easy to lose what silvering remains, and there is nothing better to be revealed.
Good eye. I missed it the first time, but I see it now. It does look like it says SEV alright. I think I also see an A. So Severus Alexander??
Anyway, OP, sorry to say you probably have a fake....an ancient fake. Highly collectible nonetheless.
@Sallent @SeptimusT @Orielensis I appreciate the feedback. How would you catalog this for your collection?
@Inspector43 Out of curiosity, how did you come across a possible fourree of Severus Alexander? I'm guessing there's no Roman hoard from the 230's AD in central Texas...so how did you find it?
Believe it or not, many years ago I bought a pile of uncleaned coins on eBay. I was going to clean them one day but never got around to it. This was among the batch I received. I just started messing with them and trying to ID them.
You're right, that would be the second possibility:
"...SEV A[VG]" = Septimius Severus
"...SEV A[LEXANDER]" = Severus Alexander
Maybe you can make out in hand whether the second letter is an L or a V? Or whether the bust has a beard? If so, it would be Septimius Severus, if not, Severus Alexander.
I have been trying as you suggested to see if the silver is on top of the corroded copper. It appears to me that it is. I have included here a couple of microscope photos that show what looks like the silver flaking.
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