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AR Trajan Decius Antoninianus 249-251 A.D.(3.17g) Rome mint O: Radiate draped bust of Decius right, IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG; (RIC 12b) R: Dacia standing left, holding vertical staff with ass’s head in right hand. G: Extremely fine, toned on a large broad flan S: York Coins

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Nice coin, sharp strike on both sides, which can be a bit challenging for the reverse. During the minting process, in order to have a sharp strike, the flan must not be too hot, but then the risk is to break the flan at strike, which happened here, fortunately with limited consequences.



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Thanks J. This coin has the sharpest Dacia reverse I have encountered so far. It was common to use the reverse dies way too long, of course, leading to loss of detail, so I was pleased to stumble across this one. The toning is more iridescent than the photo shows and I can't tell if the asterisk like shape in the field before the portrait is merely a defect or a banker's mark. It's so superficial I suspect it's just a minor flaw. bw, h
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