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SOLD: Roman Imperial, Lead Ancient Counterfeiter's Working Hub Matrix, Mid-3rd century AD

£ 306.22

Origin:
Roman empire
Authority:
Trajan Decius, or Treboninianus Gallus
Denomination:
used to manufacture the reverse die of an antoninianus or aureus
Composition:
Lead
Date:
Mid-3rd century AD
Obverse:
N/A - used to create reverse die only
Reverse:
ADVENTVS AVG, Emperor, laureate, with military dress and floating chlamys on horseback left, holding sceptre in his left hand, his right hand raised in greeting gesture
Size:
Maximum-length: 17mm, Maximum-diameter: 40mm, Weight: 144.15g
Grade:
Exceptionally well preserved, earthen grey patina
Rarity:
Extremely rare
Provenance:
ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 407 (11 October 2017), Lot 797
Reference:
cf. RIC IV 11a and 79 (Gallus; for official issues)
A lead matrix of an ADVENTVS AVG antoninianus or aureus reverse used to create dies for contemporary counterfeits in antiquity of Trajan Decius or Trebonianus Gallus. This artifact gives us insight into ancient counterfeiting methods.
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