Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by furryfrog02, Oct 22, 2019.
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C PIV ESV TETRICVS CAES
Ha, forgive my terrible finger writing!
Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the reverse. The picture was a seller's photo and they had it identified as Antonius Pius.
Tough love time: Those who have trouble reading legends could benefit from practice reading high grade coins sold online by CNG level sellers and working their way to reading lower grade specimens. Pay special attention to finding letters that are 'odd' like the fat R and P, B with smaller lower loop and any other letter that strikes you as different than the style your son is being taught in school. This should make reading ancient legends easier. Starting with poor coins is harder but this OP coin is clear enough that I would expect anyone to be able to read with very little practice. This might not be a good thing to do with ff2 since his school teacher might mark him down for making Gallic Empire letters on his homework.
Looks like Doug @GDJMSP in his punk rock days.
I must have been loopy from lack of sleep lastnight. I can’t believe I missed the TETRICVS on the coin. Oof. I am embarrassed now haha.
You may say: "How would I know what to look for? I'm still trying to see what is actually on the coin."
It can come from experience creating familiarity.
Also, there are lists of possible legends in just about any book on Roman coins - and the legends tend to follow formulas - knowing that can steer you towards the right segment of the legend to concentrate upon because it's the part that may contain the most irrefutable clues as to who it is - everybody has D N, IMP, CAES, P F AVG, etc, in their legends - you need to be looking more towards the middle of many/most coin legends to see the part which holds the information you are seeking.
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