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It’s a kind of definition. Ca. 3/4 or more Bronze coins who looks good are tooled and/or smoothed. Otherwise no one will buy them.

Its important don’t create a new coin at the Restauration. But if you must clean the coin from big patina - you must tooled and smooth it. But again - if you tooled it in original state - I see no problem.

But if you create a new hairstyle, new face style or details about it are invented… that’s a no go (for me).

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2 hours ago, Coinmaster said:

Does anyone have good examples of smoothing and tooling of coins and tips how to recognise this?

Read this thread, more than 300 examples there. If you can go through it without crying, PM me and I’ll give you a coin…


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Tooled coins appear to have unexpectedly too much detail, even on the high points that would be affected by circulation wear. Here are a couple of examples of this IVNO sestertius of Faustina I that have been extensively tooled.

This one sold for several hundred dollars on V-coins with no mention of tooling by the dealer.


Another tooled one sold at Bertolami auction E 109 Lot 717. The auction firm initially did not mention anything about tooling, but when I notified them of the tooling, they added it to the lot description.


For comparison, here's my well-circulated but unaltered example. I'd tell you it looks better in hand, but I'd be lying. In fact, here are a hundred examples that demonstrate what Faustina's hair and Juno's clothes are supposed to look like.

Faustina Sr IVNO S C standing sestertius.jpg
Faustina I, AD 138-140.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 25.48 g, 32.1 mm, 1 h.
Rome, AD 150 - 161.
Obv: DIVA FAVSTINA, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
Rev: IVNO S C, Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter.
Refs: RIC 1143; BMCRE 1531-35; Cohen 210; Strack 1276; RCV 4629.

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On 1/24/2023 at 2:05 AM, Ocatarinetabellatchitchix said:

Read this thread, more than 300 examples there.

Many thanks, I found this comment by Andreas Reich useful:

'You just have to look at a lot of genuine coins to develop an eye for it.
That's pretty much the same answer you'd get if you asked how to spot fakes.

Usually with tooling the wear pattern is not correct.
That means that the high points are not (or don't appear) as worn as they should be.

What's usually tooled are the laurel wreath, where individual leaves are no longer distinguishable,
the hair and folds in the garment.  The result is often a great contrast of amazingly preserved detail (which has been tooled in) and an otherwise pretty worn coin. These details are the first that are worn down.

Plus the tooled parts just look unnatural. It's not always easy to spot and takes a while.
If you suspect tooling, just compare with other (untooled) examples on Coinarchives.

Usually after tooling the tooled parts (or the whole coin) are repatinated, because tooling is basically scratching the coin
and scratches are easily visible. So that's another thing to look for.'


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