Roman Republic. Anonymous, cs. 225 to 215 BC. Silver quadrigatus (didrachm). ANCIENT COUNTERFEIT

Ancient Coins - Roman Republic. Anonymous, cs. 225 to 215 BC. Silver quadrigatus (didrachm). ANCIENT COUNTERFEIT
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This example is ancient, but the weight and style are clearly not the work of one of the Roman official mints of the time, and it is almost certainly the work of an ancient counterfeiter who made his profit by making the weight about 0.5 grams light, and probably cheated on the purity of the silver as well.

Denomination : Silver didrachm, but more commonly known as a quadrigatus.

Reference : Type of Sear-31.

Size : 19.6 x 21.3 mm. Weight : 6.10 grams.

Grade : VF with a grey toning, but crude style.

Obverse : Janus head.

Reverse : ;Jupiter driving a quadriga right, with a small figure of Victory behind him, with ROMA incuse on a tablet below.

There are a few features of this coin, which indicate it is not the work of the official Roman mint for these coins.

1) The over all style of the coin is rather crude, and the surface textures are uneven, in a way not normally seen on these.

2) These average about 6.6 grams with a general range between 6.3 and 6.8 grams. This specimen is only 6.1 grams with is a little below the acceptable range, and a full 0.5 grams below the avearage.

3) The metal has a slight granularity that suggest the silver is somewhat baser than usual for these, possibly be as much as 30 to 40%. Between the low weight, and the baser metal, a counterfeiter may have had a profit margen of between 35 and 50% when making this coin.

4) The the incuse O in Roma on the reverse lacks the dot in the centre official examples of these always have.

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利率: 07/13/18

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