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djmacdo:
The incuse lines defining the portrait are not an ancient technique.  Did you find it yourself?  There is an old collectors' axiom: "Buy the coin, not the story."

Tanit:

--- Quote from: djmacdo on October 16, 2021, 07:33:28 am ---The incuse lines defining the portrait are not an ancient technique.  Did you find it yourself?  There is an old collectors' axiom: "Buy the coin, not the story."

--- End quote ---

I agree that this is not from a very old era but it is also not a modern fake. I think it may be from the 19th century. The medal was initially covered with a completely black patina. Whoever found it thought he was doing the right thing by cleaning it up. The result is a massacre.

Joe Sermarini:
The 19th century is modern, old but not ancient.

otlichnik:
While I have never seen this exact item, very similar items - round fibulae with busts and other "antiquities" were common fake/fantasy items in central European markets.  They came from Bulgarian and or Serbian organized groups.

They also used fake patinas.

Not saying it absolutely is one of those but the similarities are striking.

SC

Tanit:
Here is a brooch of the same style from the 5th-6th century

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