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Genuine or Fake Denarius?


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I was recently eyeing this denarius of Nero in an auction but ultimately decided to give it a pass. I couldn't really put my finger on what bothered me about it but I just had a bad feel about it. The only things that I could possibly point to were:

- the apparent raised crack line on the obverse running from the side of the M in "IMP" (6:00) up to Nero's chin. I think it just reminded me of coins I've seen in "known fakes" forums.

- The pair of indents on the edge of the coin at approximately 5:00.

I am curious to know what others think.







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