Just found this in a penny roll. What is it?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Mark68, Aug 26, 2020.

  1. Herodotus

    Herodotus Well-Known Member

    That penny roll just went up 10,000% in value.

    Fun find OP.
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  3. AussieCollector

    AussieCollector Moderator Moderator

    Has to be an intentional plant. I love the idea of planting a little surprise like this.

    Congrats @Mark68 , great find.

    I feel like I've seen a coin like this somewhere before...
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  4. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    All I find in bank rolls is wheaties, occasional IH, and zinc junk. It's definitely a keeper Mark68 you lucky man.
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  5. CaptHenway

    CaptHenway Survivor

    Can we see the edge, please? At first glance it looks like a cast copy.
  6. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    I found a buffalo head nickel in my change one time. It certainly circulated for a long time.
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  7. J.T. Parker

    J.T. Parker Well-Known Member

    Quite possibly the most interesting and if authentic, oldest coin I have ever seen found in a U.S. cent roll!
    Congrats are in order,
  8. Mark68

    Mark68 Well-Known Member

    If it is real it definitely has a history behind it from the circulation wear. One can imagine. 20200827_083110.jpg 20200827_083052.jpg
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  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Looks OK to me. Fantastic find.
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  10. TonkawaBill

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  11. CaptHenway

    CaptHenway Survivor

    Thank you for the edge picture. Am still suspicious of the piece but cannot say for sure from the pictures.
    "Wear" does not indicate authenticity. If a worn coin is used as the model, the copies made from it will exhibit the same loss of detail.
    My main concern is that the "worn" areas show the same surface texture as the more protected part of the design. Circulation wear usually changes the texture of the worn areas.
  12. Mark68

    Mark68 Well-Known Member

    @CaptHenway : here's a shot of the obverse in natural sun light. 20200827_090702.jpg
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  13. Exodus_gear

    Exodus_gear Well-Known Member

    Is that a casting seem i'm seeing along the edge or is it just the lighting?
    Top left from about 9 - 11 clock wise
    More than likely my eye sight is going lol
  14. red_spork

    red_spork Triumvir monetalis

    I'll weigh in and say in my opinion, having handled many similar coins, I think this coin is perfectly authentic. Weight, style, fabric and patina all look correct for the type. The current condition of the surfaces and the heavy toning in protected areas with the lack of it in the raised areas make me think this was perhaps someone's pocket piece that accidentally made its way into their change. Often it's not possible to be certain from a photo, but these pictures are good enough for me to say with a very high degree of certainty that this coin is an authentic anonymous denarius from the Roman Republic.
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  15. CaptHenway

    CaptHenway Survivor

    That is a better picture, and the surfaces do look better.
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  16. Mark68

    Mark68 Well-Known Member

    Thanks all. Will cherish this pice for years to come as my best find.
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  17. Fugio1

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  18. Mark68

    Mark68 Well-Known Member

    Nailed it! I think the mouth and hair detail gives it away. Good info thanks.
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