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Dave S3:
Today I have a fairly distinctive shaped Roman Provincial coin.

The obverse looks to have a Severan styled portrait, I'd guess Caracalla or Severus Alexander?

The reverse depicts Tyche turreted I think. I think to the right the inscription reads something like "MAVΩΓC". The left may start with "CЄ".

The most interesting aspect is the flan shape, it is quite distinctive with what look to be pour burrs to the top and near the bottom.

The coin is 18mm wide and weighs 3.2g.

Any guesses appreciated :)


Dominic T:
It's probably a casting sprue. These coins were struck on cast flan.

Dave S3:
Thats the term I was trying to think of! Thank you :)

Any suggestions on some common regions that used that technique? I'll go browse their coins!


The casting of flans was a widespread practice and you are unlikely to be able to narrow it down through that route.

Very nice example of manufacturing evidence.  Not only is there remains of a casting sprue, but you can seen on one side that the two halves of the flan mould were no aligned perfectly.  As a result, the coin looks like two half coins that have slid apart slightly in a lateral direction.

I have been looking at the close up pics.  I think the coin is struck, but I am not 100% certain it is not entirely cast.  There is a ridge between the top of the wreath of the obverse/male bust and the flan sprue.  That could be a casting flaw or sign that the die was larger than the flan.  The details are consistent with a worn strike or a fairly good cast.


Dave S3:
Thank you SC!  To me it is in an interesting looking coin, different in technical design that I'm keen to understand the city and era it was produced.

With what you have both pointed out I'll re-consider some coins I've looked at, with the thought that this one may be a relatively standard coin, just produced differently.



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