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« on: November 02, 2018, 08:48:16 am »

I'm trying to identify this lead seal. I think the inscription on the left side of the portrait reads VALEN; I can also see another N in front of the face (possibly TIN). Also, if a lead seal bears an emperor's portrait/name, what are the implications? Was it used for some official shipment?

Any help will be much appreciated.
Thank you all in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2018, 01:45:22 pm »

The style is so far off original seals from this era I can only think it is a fake.
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2018, 01:54:23 pm »

Could it be an ancient fake? I've looked the object under the microscope, and it does show mineral deposition on the surface.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2018, 02:37:51 pm »

Furthermore, patina does look genuine.
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2018, 12:16:39 pm »

I still cannot believe that anything from the early fourth century on a royal seal could be nearly that crude!
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2018, 01:45:07 pm »

I also think it is a fake. The style of the head, the laurel wreath, the lettering, the sharp edge of the perfectly circular field, the sharp edge of the sealing around the stamp suggest it is a modern fake.
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2018, 03:58:35 am »

I agree this is most likely a fake.
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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2018, 07:05:50 am »

Thank you all for looking at this!
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