A couple of Romans...

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Morning all,
Not really looking for an ID as the one on the left is Constantine II and I think the one on the right is a Constantine the Great; it's the patina on the one on the right that I was interested in as I've never really seen it before; the general effect is that of silver gilding as it looks very brassy.
I found them both in very sandy soil a couple of days ago - it seems to preserve this type of coin really well even though there is initially a lot of encrustation on the surface.
Anyway I'm sure some of you have you seen this before but it's a first for me and any help much appreciated!
All the best
Alexander
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All these coins were silvered originally, I seem to remember that VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP issues (if that's what it is) actually Had a higher silver content in the metal than other AEs
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alloverover wrote: Tue May 11, 2021 10:28 am All these coins were silvered originally, I seem to remember that VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP issues (if that's what it is) actually Had a higher silver content in the metal than other AEs
Is that right? I never knew... can you suggest any light reading? Were all bronze coins silvered or just the later 3rd and 4thC ones? Would serstertii have been silvered? So many ??? You've opened up a whole new world!
( Yes its a VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP)
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Sestertii wouldn't of been silvered no, there were silver denarii in circulation alongside them.
Silvering was to give coins some intrinsic value when debased :thumbsup:
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thanks for that jolly helpful!
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Very nice Alex.
Assume the other side of the coins are just as well preserved.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
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alloverover wrote: Tue May 11, 2021 10:28 am All these coins were silvered originally, I seem to remember that VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP issues (if that's what it is) actually Had a higher silver content in the metal than other AEs
Very interesting to know, as the first coin of the several Romans i found in the Autumn, did give a 62, which on the Garrett is Silver.
Informative link that you posted.
Also i have noticed on Treasure Valuation Committee meeting minutes, they do reward extra where the Silvering is still present.
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A couple of belters in very good nick as well.
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Now I wouldn’t mind those Roman coins in my finds pouch. Gosh did I just say that? :o They don’t have the usual poor detail of the rubbish ones I find.

Bet those made you smile!
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Oxgirl wrote: Tue May 11, 2021 8:59 pm Now I wouldn’t mind those Roman coins in my finds pouch. Gosh did I just say that? :o They don’t have the usual poor detail of the rubbish ones I find.

Bet those made you smile!
I love roman stuff, me!
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Oxgirl wrote: Tue May 11, 2021 8:59 pm Now I wouldn’t mind those Roman coins in my finds pouch. Gosh did I just say that? :o
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Dave The Slave wrote: Wed May 12, 2021 1:56 pm Cath, consider yourself an Honorary member of the Hubs Roman Legion, alongside; Alex, John, Kev, Myself and anyone else.
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Dave The Slave wrote: Wed May 12, 2021 1:56 pm Cath, consider yourself an Honorary member of the Hubs Roman Legion, alongside; Alex, John, Kev, Myself and anyone else.
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Nice Romans!
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Few and far between up here ,
Well found and well saved.
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