Strrrange Magnentius

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Pellinore, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. Pellinore

    Pellinore Supporter! Supporter

    Bought this Magnentius a short while ago on ebay, but probably I shouldn't have. The metal is tinsel-like golden colored and the reverse looks suspect - to say the least. Besides, there is a large crack with some glue overflow, probably it was broken some time, but why would you glue together a broken forgery? I welcome your comments!

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    Magnentius, 350-353. AE22, Amiens. Obv. Draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev. Emperor on horseback tries to jump over a barbarian who wants to save his wheelbarrow from under the horse. GLORIA ROMANORVM/ AMB. Broken and glued back again. Very yellow metal. 22 mm, 4.41 gr.
     
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  3. Pishpash

    Pishpash Supporter! Supporter

    I bought one at a coin fair as a curiosity
    Mine was silver and the forum opinion was that it was probably electroplated. I nicked it and sure enough there was bronze under it.
     
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  4. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Cool coin. I think it was probably worth it. Cool details minus the eye glue.
    Possible barbarous imitation?
    Check out my weird and wild barbarous Mag-ic man:
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  5. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I believe you have correctly diagnosed the situation. The coin was much abused, horridly overcleaned and glued poorly. I suspect it is genuine. Perhaps it will retone to a darker yellow. I would try to remove the glue on the surface with a scalpel but don't break it. Amiens coins of this type are less common than other mints so don't throw it out until you find a better one. My example has not led as interesting a life.
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  6. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..idk...these aren't terribly expensive...here's mine i got awhile back...:) Magnentius maiorina 002.JPG Magnentius maiorina 004.JPG
     
  7. Alwin

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  8. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    I think it's a legitimate coin, not a forgery. The style looks good.
     
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  9. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

  10. seth77

    seth77 Well-Known Member

    I kind of like it as it is.
     
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  11. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    This one's the only photogenic one in my collection:

    Magnentius Two Victories Arles heavy maiorina.jpg
     
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  12. Alegandron

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

    I'd keep it, @Pellinore .

    Yours is a Mellow Yellow.

    I have a Green Machine.

    They are all cool.

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    RI Magnentius 351-352 CE AE 2 Maiorina 2 Victories holding wreath VOT V
    Ex: @Mat
     
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