maridvnvm Posted May 26 · Member Share Posted May 26 I must admit that I really dislike the concept of tooling coins. A tooled coin is a coin where details on a coin have been "enhanced" by an engraver in modern times. The act of tooling is not related to the preservation of the coin but is a simple attempt to increase the appeal of a coin by engraving details on the coin to apparently increase the grade by "enhancing" these details. I would never knowingly buy a tooled coin. I spotted this Sestertius of Trajan recently whilst browsing an auction and thought that the style was "off". Looking at the auction description they declare the tooling. "Details on this type were tooled with meticulous care." but then go on to grade the coin as "Exremely Fine" (sic). The question that always crosses my mind in these cases is "How much if that detail is real?" I am not very familiar with the type and thought it a worthwhile exercise to look at untooled examples to get an idea of what it should look like as a bit of self education. As part of this exercise I stumbled across the following, which I believe to be the "host" or "before tooling" example of the coin. I come to this conclusion by the congruence of much of the underlying die and flan shape. This makes it much easier to determine what detail is "enhanced". I must admit that I prefer the "before" coin but then that's me.... Which do you prefer? Do you knowingly buy tooled coins? How happy are you with such "enhancements" having seen the before and after? Martin 16 2 3 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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