Indian Imitative Aureus muling a Hadrian obverse and a Lucius Verus reverse.

Ancient Coins - Indian Imitative Aureus muling a Hadrian obverse and a Lucius Verus reverse.
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Denomination : Gold Aureus.  Mint : probably somewhere in India.  

Date : Probably minted during the Several period in the early 3rd century AD.

Size : 19.5 x 20.0 mm. Weight : 6.90 grams.

Grade : good Fine / Very fine.
 
Obverse : Head of Hadrian right, with NSDNIANVS AVG COS III P P around.   The NSDNIANVS is a barbarous form of HADRIANVS.

Reverse : Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius shaking hands, with CONCORDIAE AVGVSTOR TRP COS II around.

The obverse could be copied from any number of Hadrian aureri issued up to AD 137, but the reverse is copied specifically from a Lucius Verus aureus of type Sear #5329, issued in Rome in AD 161. 

There is no way to know exactly when this specimen was struck, but sometime around the Severan period is most likely.  It is reported to have been found in India, and has the typical look of an Indian imitative aureus with the very thickened letters and slightly course engraving.  Muling of obverse and reverse types is not uncommon on such Indian imitative coins.

Price SKU: vcoin2951
US$ 1,775.00
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Rates for: 10/18/18

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