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    Posted: 08 Sep 2008 at 10:27pm
Among the coins in a collection that I have inherited, there is a coin that I am attempting to identify as to its origins and authenticity. At first, it appears to be what is sometimes referred to as a 'tribute penny' from the reign of Tiberius Claudius Nero.
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shape: coin is irregular in shape, being roughly circular
size: coin is from 1.081 to 1.087 inches in diameter and approx .078 in dia
material: coin appears to be bronze with a high brass content
manufacture: coin is struck not cast
appearance: the surface of the coin is smooth showing no signs of casting where the die has apparently compacted the material. but slightly pitted in  raised areas.

coin has a figure on the first side of a man in true profile having on his head a laurel wreath of laurel
on the side of the coin that would be the back of the head appear the letters.

^VC. F ^VC VS T  VS

and on the opposing side the letters

TI CAESER DIVI

Busts suggest that this is the image of the emperor Tiberius.

On the back of the coin appears the figure of a woman seated holding in her left hand an olive branch and in her right a staff
and the letters

WIXVW

and on the opposing side

PONTIFF


The mystery is that it appears to have been struck yesterday, showing virtually no signs of wear.
At first you would think that this means it was, but that only deepens the mystery. Coin shows no sign of having been cast in order to defraud, having every sign of having been hand struck. If you did cast it, you would have to have an original in equally good condition, or painstakingly re-create a pattern in wax or similar method. Why create a 'too perfect' fraud? And if you were going to go to that much trouble, why this coin? Many more valuable coins that would not fall ultimately to date testing being too recent to test. Even if this turned out to be museum quality, it would not seem to be worth what it would take to create it. Why use bronze instead of silver for a fraud? LOLOL

Mainly I am curious, and any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance

VLG


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Hi its been a while since you posted this but I have this exact coin made out of pewter.  Did you find out anything??
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I think I have that same exact coin, with a little more wear. Although it looks authentic, there's something not quite right about it. Got it at a flea market for 50cents
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