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Crispina, Wife of Commodus, Augusta 178 - 182 A.D., Retrograde Reverse!
There are no breaks in the plating and the interior of the edge cracks is dark black. The style is extraordinarily similar to the official Rome mint, but this must be the plated work of an ancient counterfeiter?!
RS85201. Silver denarius
, perhaps plated
(?); apparently unpublished, cf. RIC III
283 (S), RSC II
21, BMCRE IV
41, SRCV II
6001 (all normal, not retrograde, reverses), VF, light marks and scratches, light corrosion, tiny edge cracks, no sign of a bronze core, Rome
(or counterfeiter?) mint, weight
3.254g, maximum diameter
18.3mm, die axis
, 180 - 182 A.D. (or later?); obverse CRISPINA AVGVSTA
, draped bust
right; reverse IVNO
(retrograde starting at 3:00), Juno
standing facing, veiled, head
in left hand, long scepter
in left right, peacock
right at feet on right (the entire reverse
is retrograde); extremely rare, possibly unique, retrograde reverse!
; ON LAYAWAY
Catalog current as of Saturday, October 21, 2017.
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