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With CNG's post-triton esale closing today I did a last sweep of the catalouge to see if I had missed anything that I wanted to bid on. Browsing through the RR section I was surprised I had not added this coin to my watchlist:



The Liberators. C. Cassius Longinus. Spring 42 BC. AR Denarius. Struck at a military mint, Smyrna (?). Pulius Cornelius Lentulus Spinther, legatus. Diademed head of Libertas right, LEIBERTAS / Capis and lituus, LENTVLVS - SPINT. 17.5mm, 3.16 g. Crawford 500/3.

Looking closer at the lot description I found out why I had skipped it when browsing earlier, it was a fourrée. I don't have any particular desire to collect fourrées but I was impressed by the style and metal of this coin. My curiosity piqued, I did my usual thing trying to find die matches on acsearch. No more than a few minutes after beginning I found this coin that sold with Elsen in 2016:



An obverse die match, it certainly didn't strike me as a fourrée. Fairly confident at this point that the CNG coin wasn't plated, I kept looking for more die matches to substantiate that.






And so, I'm happy to add what is usually quite an expensive coin to my growing RR set. It might not be a stunner but there's a certain satisfaction to getting a good deal because you did the due diligence.

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Cool!  Is that a hoard patina?

What's going on with the edge around 5'oclock on acsearch 2710587?  Delamination?


This more decrepit example emerged when I was compiling my recent excel list.  Purchased during my coin 'dormancy', I had completely forgotten about getting this!

One usually doesn't find decrepit examples of the Liberators; they're usually VF or above.

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2 minutes ago, Nerosmyfavorite68 said:

Cool!  Is that a hoard patina?

What's going on with the edge around 5'oclock on acsearch 2710587?  Delamination?

I think it's mostly toning, not hoard patina. Regarding the coin from Roma, I'd say yes it's a delamination. Could also be some sort of flan flaw.

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