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Roman Republic, Large Domed Ingot, Aes Formatum, 4th Century B.C.
Called aes formatum by Haeberlin, this very rare bronze currency was a precursor to the issues of aes grave but later than aes rude. Presumably, molten bronze-iron alloy was poured into a shallow hole in the dirt. This left a disc-shaped metal mound with a flat reverse. Broken examples are much more common than complete ones like this.
AR11900. Cast bronze Aes Formatum
p. 4, pl. 2.7; 1.64 kg (3 lbs, 10 oz), maximum diameter
14.6 cm, Italian mint, 4th century B.C.; obverse
; the denarius is in the photograph to indicate the size, denarius not included
, international shipping at the actual cost of postage will require additional charge; very rare
Catalog current as of Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
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