The first coin below is in the upcoming Gorny
& Mosch Auction
181, Oct. 2009, lot 2360, and is described in the catalogue
, fields smoothed, otherwise EF."
of the German
Numismatikforum consider this coin to have been completely reworked on the obv.
, every detail remade, while others, with whom I agreed, saw evidence of smoothing
, but considered the details of the portrait
and obv. legend
to be substantially original, and hardly tooled
The second coin below is an untooled specimen from the same obv.
die, which I found through Joaquim Blay's online die study of Decius
' double sestertii
. Blay also lists two specimens from the same dies both sides as the Gorny
piece, but this other specimen shows the details of the obv.
die more clearly, which are in question here.
Several details of the Gorny
piece HAVE been altered, which I did not suspect before identifying the die: the lower end of the circlet of the radiate
crown and the lowest ray on the crown have been altered into two bows, as of a laurel wreath
; the outer wreath
tie has been given an extra bend at its tip; and the fold of cloak below the wreath
been strengthened and closed at the end, making it into a distinct loop.
It also looks as though the stippling of the emperor's hair has been strengthened all over, particularly below the circlet of the crown. This I DID suspect before identifying the die!
However, comparison with the untooled piece will show that virtually every other detail of the portrait
and obv. legend
is original and unaltered, as I and several others originally thought.
I am posting here because the images are too large to be accepted by the German forum
. An additional advantage is that I save myself the labor of trying to express these comments in German