Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Rudi Smits, May 13, 2013.
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I know that dougsmit had an awesome anchor & dolphin coin, but I'm pretty sure that his flip-side was Poseidon? (sadly, I'm only 50 years old, but my memory is totally shot!!)
... those damn beach parties from the 70's!!
One of the great things about being an amateur coin collector is that you do not have to separate all coins into 'real' and 'fake' but only into 'would buy' and 'wouldn't touch'. I'm sure this, if genuine, would not be the first coin I have been mistaken on but my advice to your friend would be to send it to Sear or save the cost of the certificate and put it away until you find a die match from an unquestionable provenance rather like they did when they found that second Domitian II coin.
My Dolphin/anchor is a Domitian but they are also common in Titus.
Edit: I see Dionysos has saved the day.
but my friend's coin is very well altered. to me, the patina looks 2000 years old. the coin, well... that's another thing...
Thank God he is on watch ... once again, the citizens of Gotham can sleep soundly!!
God Speed, Batman => you're simply the best!!
Debunked in my opinion....
I'd like to point out, after placing the pictures together I noticed the following.
The coin submitted by Dionysos....where the word COPY is stamped....look closely at the location of the broken piece on my example...it's clear in my mind who ever owned this prior, intentionally broken off the letter T and that specific piece because it may have been stamped COPY above it....and its seen some time in a TUMBLER UNIT...to create wear, tear and age.
I use to work for a jeweler and he used one to smooth out edges on casts.
I've seen many a fake patina before but this one I have to admit can fool many a collector, had it not been for the reverse of this coin which does not exist in Hadrian consulship which he never accepted beyond COS III.
This coin in my opinion was meant to deceive the collector unfamiliar with the COS VIII series of coins and Emperors.
Yes...this was clearly intentional tooling to deceive in the highest form.Actually I purchased that coin while doing my rounds as Security for a local Antiquities & Modern Gun show. I found it in a sellers display case with 100 year old gun ammunition and rare caliber rounds. It was sitting there all alone, calling my name. The seller says he traded the coin over 10 years ago and never sold it, he also said he has no idea what a Ancient Roman coin should look like. Thats when I chanced buying it for $25 CND's....I had no loop and I don't collect Hadrian coins so COS III & VIII I clearly remember in coin searches but took a chance and bought it.
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