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Roman Imitatives

Ruler(s)/ Period: Vespasian/Domitian
Denomination: Plated (fourrée), hybrid Denarius
Date of Issue: after 69 AD
Obverse: Laureate head right. "CAESAR AVG. F. DOMITIANVS"
Reverse: Heifer standing right. "COS V" above. (reverse of Vespasian)
Reference: similar RSC 52a, reverse RSC 106
Weight: 1.7 gms
Diameter: 16.2 mm


Found near Colchester (Camvlodvnvm)
This coin is a contemporary forgery. It was made with a copper flan covered with a thin covering of silver, before being struck. The copper can be seen poking through the silver in places. Although the obverse is of Domitian, the reverse is of Vespasian, i.e. a hybrid. In theory, this coin could have been made any time after 69 AD.

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