Nero Victory as- genuine or not?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Ignoramus Maximus, Jan 22, 2021.

  1. Ignoramus Maximus

    Ignoramus Maximus Well-Known Member

    Hi everyone.

    When going through one of my trays yesterday I came across this Nero as.
    I've always had some doubts about it, a nagging suspicion in the back of my mind I've always tied to suppress.; it came after all from a trusted source, after all. I so want to enjoy the coin, but as it stands I just can't.

    Here we go:
    Nero as.jpg nero as rev..jpg
    29mm, 10,58 gr.

    The bad:
    - bubbles
    - fading border on the reverse at 9h
    - odd-looking bubble in front of N's hairline.
    - in the faded (NER)O legend the coin is thicker than the rest, not thinner, as you would expect.

    The good:
    - the discolorations on obv. and rev. seem to suggest that it has been treated for B.D.
    - source looks legit (V-coins)
    - style doesn't arouse suspicion ( at least in my, admittedly inexpert, eye)
    - when inspecting the coin today I noticed some green in N's ear. ( ok, really bad news, but, unless BD strikes in modern coins as well, it suggests authentic )

    No pics of the edge, but it looks good. No casting rim, no visible filing.
    It's not in the 'Fake Ancient Coins Reports'.


    Thanks in advance for all input.

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  3. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    From what I see, it looks authentic to me. Looks like some surface corrosion and striking irregularities - that's all.
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  4. Herodotus

    Herodotus Well-Known Member

    Nothing stands out to me to immediately confirm it as a copy.

    If it is; it is a very well done one.

    However, if you don’t(or are unable to) enjoy the coin, you may want to dispose of it.

    I can take care of that for you.

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  5. Ignoramus Maximus

    Ignoramus Maximus Well-Known Member

    Thank you, @octavius and @Herodotus.
    I feel a lot better about the coin thanks to your input.
    So, Herodotus, no plans of disposing of it:). Just a happy owner here.
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  6. AussieCollector

    AussieCollector Moderator Moderator

    @Ignoramus Maximus - I completely understand being personally unconvinced of a coin. If there is lingering doubt regarding authenticity, you can't enjoy it. I'm glad you found some assurance from the good folk here at CT.
  7. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    If I were at a coin show and saw the coin I would have been interested if the price was a good one. It looks good to me except for the very dark surface which I find less desirable than a lighter tone, but that preference has nothing to do with its authenticity.
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