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Tooled middle bronze of Faustina the Elder at Portuscalle Numismatica


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This middle bronze of Faustina I is currently up for auction on Biddr. It has been extensively tooled on obverse and reverse. I've notified the auction house because they do not mention it in the lot description.

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This is an unaltered specimen from my own collection for comparison:

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And a higher grade example from the British Museum:

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Tooling such as this is driven by the demand for high grade bronze. The bronze coins of the Antonine period circulated for decades and there are very few genuinely high-grade specimens. Be very careful when you see high grade Antonine bronze for sale.

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Wow, the garb of Juno on the reverse is just wrong and the lettering has been emphasized on both sides of the coin - pretty obvious. I suppose the fact that collectors are ignoring tooling in the quest for high grade pieces using the justification that the coin is ancient, so who cares about the embellishment...

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 I get so tired of pretentious collectors saying that toolies aren't superior in every way!

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In this modern age we have mastered art and improve everything we carve, draw or paint over. I bet the drunk did engraver couldn't have dreamed that his coin could look so good!

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