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Old Apr 17, 2007, 02:27 PM   #9
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I am curious to know how diffucult it is to figure out if a denarius was struck from an aureus die without having a die match. From the two examples above I can see how crisp and detailed they are, however there are plenty of other denarii that seem just as fine (portrait below). Is that because, as Curtis mentioned, the same dies often were used to strike both denominations in the early Empire, and there were simply too many denarii struck from aureii dies at that time? And why would the aureii be struck with higher quality dies - just because they were more precious?
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