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RIC 460

Beautiful aegis on the statue.

RIC 460
RIC 460

AR Denarius (20mm, 3.48g, 6h). Rome mint, struck 86 (Fifth Issue).

 

IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI, head laureate right; IMP XIIII COS XII CENS P P P, Capitoline Minerva cult statue with aegis, standing left with spear (M4).

 

RIC 460 (R), BMC --, RSC --.

 

Ex The Coin Cottage.

Now this is the first time I had ever seen the Capitoline Minerva cult statue wearing the aegis before and I was a little freaked out by it, wondering if the coin were even genuine, etc.  So Paul at The Coin Cottage tested it in his X-ray spectrometer and found this result, Silver = 96.74 %, Copper = 2.22%, Gold = 0.78%, and Lead = 0.26%.  What astonished me was the Gold content!  Who knew!