Roman Republic, L. Plautius Plancus, AR Denarius, 47 BCE, Rome mint. Obv. Facing head of Medusa with coiled snake on either side of face, L. PLAVTIVS below/ Rev. Winged Aurora flying right, holding palm frond and conducting the four horses of the sun, PLANCVS below. RSC I Plautia 15, Crawford 453/1a, Sydenham 959, Sear RCV I 429. 18 mm., 4.0 g. Seller's image, followed by my own photo of the obverse: The cuts and gouges around Medusa's mouth look deliberate to me; it's difficult to imagine how they could have happened accidentally. My question is whether people have any opinion on whether the damage is more likely to have been inflicted in ancient times -- perhaps to make Medusa look more fearsome -- or more recently. It's not the only case I've seen of similar damage in the same area on this coin type, which might suggest the former. See, for example, these links: https://www.ma-shops.com/bussopeus/item.php?id=9589 https://assets.catawiki.nl/assets/2019/8/1/f/0/7/f07b750f-1dfb-4e3b-abd6-88288952073c.jpg Thanks for any thoughts anyone may have.