Septimius Severus, Silver denarius by an ancient counterfeiter.

Ancient Coins - Septimius Severus, Silver denarius by an ancient counterfeiter.
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Denomination : Silver denarius.

Mint : un-offical mint copying a Rome mint issue.   

Date :  The offical coin of this type was issued in AD 207.

Reference : S-6358 variety

Size : 19.2 x 19.7 mm. Weight : 1.87 grams.

Grade :  VF/F slightly rough, with a large flan crack.

Obverse : Head of Severus right, with SEVERVS PIVS AVG around.

Reverse : Virtus (or Roma) seated left holding a Palladium and sceptre, with a shield at her side, with RESTITVTOR VRBIS around.

This is a very interesting specimen of ancient counterfeiting (as opposed to modern forgery).  The coin is clearly ancient, but we can sure it is an non-offical striking  because of it's very low 1.87 gram weight (these coins are usually something close to 3 grams).  At over 19 mm it is slightly broader than usual for these, but is on a very thin flan (about 1.3 mm).

I was at first perplexed by the artistic style, which is clearly that of aRome mint celator who cut does for this series, but I noticed the rather odd way the wreath ties and ends are completely disjointed from the head, with the knot missing.  Similarly, on the reverse the Palladium and sceptre are very weakly struck.  These are all features that would have been cut very shallowly into the die and even on a weak strike are the points most likely to be well struck on the coin.   I also noticed the lettering is broader than usual but slightly mushy appearing, especially on the reverse.

That these features are consistent with, is a coin struck from a die produced by hubbing a genuine coin into a blank die.  It has been known for some time that ancient conterfeiters knew and used this technique, but only rarely does on see a coin that had been clearly made in this way.

Because hubbing reproduced the style of the original coin, this coin would have probably passed very easily when mixed in with offical coins.

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