Opinions on this Procopius

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by bcuda, Jan 27, 2021.

  1. bcuda

    bcuda Supporter! Supporter

    Wondering what your all opinions are on this Procopius. Seems like there are a lot of fake ones out there.

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  3. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    I am not an expert, and regret that I cannot give an opinion...

    I only have one to offer as an example, but I do not think it would help...

    365-366 AE3,
    15.3mm x 1.7mm thick
  4. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Enrich the soldiers...ignore all others

    Hard to tell. Could be a central government issue or a barbarous copy.
  5. seth77

    seth77 Well-Known Member

    Some tooling maybe?
  6. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    To my non-expert eyes the coin looks good despite the strange irregular flan :wideyed:. For comparison see a similar follis being offered by NumisCorner below.

    Procopius follis, NumisCorner (2).jpg
  7. Alwin

    Alwin Supporter! Supporter

    Another below
    CONSA. Constantinople
    3.32 g - 19 mm
    S 4124 - C 9 - RIC IX 17a
  8. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    Looks OK to me....from the photo alone.
  9. otlichnik

    otlichnik Well-Known Member

    Stylistically it appears fine. But I agree with seth77's tooling concerns. While it is fiendishly difficult to tell from a photo, the beard, chi-rhos and shield details in the image are a bit suspicious. It could just be a very good condition coin that looks weird in the photos, but why, for example, the apparent lack of wear on the beard while the diadem is clearly worn?

  10. Pellinore

    Pellinore Supporter! Supporter

    It looks o.k. to me. A rough-and-tumble coin might very well have been struck roughly, in fact a poor flan could cause an unequal strike.

    My Procopius weathered from a poor strike, and in its later life suffered even more.

    2808 Procopius s ct.jpg

    Mint Nicomedia. Obv. Diademed and cuirassed bust l. Rev. Procopius standing facing, head right, holding labarum in right hand, left resting on shield set on the ground; Chi-rho in upper right field and unidentified object at foot left. Mintmark CONSΓ dot. 20 mm, 3.69 gr.
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