Valentinian I Solidus....Clipped??

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by 1934 Wreath Crown, Apr 14, 2020.

  1. 1934 Wreath Crown

    1934 Wreath Crown Well-Known Member

    Hello guys. I am thinking about bidding on this Solidus. Does it look clipped to the experts? I'm looking for a problem-free example. Thanks in advance

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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Pretty coin, but I believe it's been clipped. Not where it hurts the devices though.
  4. Agricantus

    Agricantus Allium aflatunense

    Clipping or no clipping, that coin is way cool
  5. SeptimusT

    SeptimusT Well-Known Member

    With ancients, I don't think clipping should necessarily be seen as a problem, especially if it doesn't hurt the devices. It's part of the story of the coin.
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  6. RichardT

    RichardT Well-Known Member

    Roman gold was struck to strict weight standards so knowing the weight of the coin is very important. It is a red flag for any potential problems, so to speak.

    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.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2020
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  7. 1934 Wreath Crown

    1934 Wreath Crown Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. For me clipping would be a problem and it is already not an inexpensive option so I think I'll pass on this one.
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  8. Tejas

    Tejas Well-Known Member

    The coin looks great. For me personally, clipping is the least of all problems as long as the design is not disturbed. In fact, I think in the case where a coin design is undisturbed, clipping kind of adds historical charm to a coin.
  9. 1934 Wreath Crown

    1934 Wreath Crown Well-Known Member

    So the consensus is that its a nice coin provided the price is right :happy:
  10. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    That is my opinion.
  11. 1934 Wreath Crown

    1934 Wreath Crown Well-Known Member

    I always respect your opinion Sir because it comes straight from the heart
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  12. Gallienus


    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.
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  13. 1934 Wreath Crown

    1934 Wreath Crown Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. RichardT

    RichardT Well-Known Member

    Wreath Crown is correct I believe. The consular issues of Valentinian/Valens are much scarcer than the Emperor facing right reverse, which is extremely common. Although Gallienus's example is very nice and sharply struck.

    Here's a consular issue of Valens, the co-Emperor of Valentinian. Struck at Nicomedia.

  15. ro1974

    ro1974 Well-Known Member

    a dream to have/ it is a very rare old coin/ keep it with your life:happy:
  16. AussieCollector

    AussieCollector Moderator Moderator

    Mate, don't worry about clipping.

    Look at the coin, see if it holds eye appeal, compare to other options, and proceed as your heart desires.
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