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Tooled Sestertius of Domitian

Category: Roman Imperial Coins
CC Forgery ID: 40000001

For a long time I was trying to obtain a good example illustrating the definition of "Tooling" coins.
Finally I got not one but two coins. Here is the Domitian's Sestertius. Check for the copper As of Lucius Verus.
The engraving process follows the original forms enhancing the contour. Sometimes it just cleans the accumulation over the coin sometimes it goes in the material to make the details more relief. Microscope and knowledge for recognizing artificial patination will make easy to determine a tooled coin. There are other procedures for adding material, gluing, and many other forms of repairing, but they are much easy to be recognized.

Engraver: Unknown
click image to expand Image courtesy of: Galleria Antiquarica

Note: *All prices and catalog references (RIC, Cohen, etc.) are for the real issue.

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