Roman Republic. Aes Rude. 253 GRAMS (large for an Aes Rude).

Ancient Coins - Roman Republic.  Aes Rude. 253 GRAMS (large for an Aes Rude).
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Aes Rude were an early currency form, used in Rome and the surrounding region, probably in the 4th century BC.  There are lumps of bronze, which are irratic size and weight, which would have to have been weighed at each transaction.

However, they are more than just simple lumps of bronze.  They were made by casting large rectangular bars of bronze, with relatively flat surfaces, which were then broken up into these smaller lumps.  As a result, all large, and most smaller Aes Rude, which have at least one fairly flat side on them, that is part of the original surface of the bar, and any specimen over about 5 grams that does not exhibit such a flat side, is probably not an Aes Rude.

On this particular specimen, there are three of these flat sizes present, representing the top, bottom, and one of the edges of the original bar.   The image show this one bar from four different sides.

Date : 4th century BC.

Weight : 253.29 grams (very few examples are over 250 grams).

Size : 59.2 mm long, 41.2 mm wide and 33.4 mm thick, all measued at the maximum measurement on that side.

Condition : A light green patination, with hard encrusting dirt fully covering one side, and in patches on three sides.  Over all, a very nice example of an Aes Rude.

Reference : Italian Cast Coinage, Italian Aes Rude, Signatum and the Aes Grave of Sicily, by Italo G. Vecchi, Plate 2 shows a number of similar examples.
Price SKU: vcoin3284
US$ 325.00
  • € 279.14
  • £ 247.00
  • AUD 440.03
  • CHF 326.70
  • CAD 428.70

Rates for: 07/13/18

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