Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by 1934 Wreath Crown, Apr 14, 2020.
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A full weight solidus should weigh about 4.5 g. In actual practice 4.4x g is much more common. 4.3x g is also common if there is slight wear.
According to the listing this solidus weighs 4.21 g. The wear is insufficient for such a light weight, so definitely clipped. Whether you can accept clipping is a personal decision.
EDIT: Clipped coins generally sell at a discount.
That is my opinion.
I always respect your opinion Sir because it comes straight from the heart
It looks clipped or something but I'm not an expert on this sort of thing. Why, tho would you want a clipped, somewhat worn solidus of Valentinian? Last year I picked up a mint state solidus of Valens quite cheaply [well somewhat cheaply] because it had a small die flaw near the edge.
Can't you hold out for a better solidus of Val? It's not like he's that rare. I know it's probably cheap but the price difference between one with problems and a clean one should not be that great.
I understand the Consular issue, left facing in consular robes is scarce, more sought after and command a much higher value. So a nice example even though it is clipped, would be desirable.
I'm sure there will be those who would disagree with what I have said but my research indicates this type can be several times the price of a more common solidus.
Here's a consular issue of Valens, the co-Emperor of Valentinian. Struck at Nicomedia.
Look at the coin, see if it holds eye appeal, compare to other options, and proceed as your heart desires.
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