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Vespasian/Concordia Denarius
RIC 357 Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COSIIII; Rev: CONCORDIA AVGUSTII

Bought at Balto: Coin Show 2010. Likely ancient 'test cuts' on the neck. The reverse has a flaking silver layer. After testing this coin for silver (or rather its lack thereof) I realized it was in fact an ancient fake. It fooled me longer than it did the Romans.
The weight is 2.6 grams. It could have been re-silvered in modern times but there are areas, especially on the rim, where the patinated bronze core shows through so this seems unlikely. My guess is that it was made by repeated dipping in molten silver so as to build up thickness over a bronze core.
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Sosius  [Jan 14, 2013 at 03:10 AM]
Interesting. It may have re-plated in modern times to recover the exposed bronze areas.
David Atherton  [Jan 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM]
Do you know the coin's weight?