Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Basileus Antialcidas, Dec 1, 2020.
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I personally wouldn't say that the cut to the ear makes the coin undesirable. It's still a beautiful piece and otherwise in pretty wonderful condition given its age. Everyone has a different budget. I too don't have a massive budget, not big enough to get the really highest grade coins.
At the end of the day, it's a hobby and a passion. If you like the coin regardless of condition, it's authentic and you didn't massively overpay for it, then good for you!
As to just what it was, I can't really say. I've seen some coins with strikes like that where people have tried to scratch out the face, for whatever reason but never just one like that. It definitely looks intentional. Maybe somebody wanted to check if it was silver? (Yes, I've seen people scratching at silver and gold to see what's underneath).
As for how it happened: It looks too regular to be an accident, and not big enough to be a "damnatio memoriae". Someone just carving a coin to mark it as theirs would probably choose the field instead of the portrait. So, by process of elimination, it's probably a test cut to check that the coin was indeed silver.
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