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099/C1 Luceria anonymous As. Irregular mint, McCabe F2 second style. Janus / double-slanted lines under; I / Prow / ROMA. AM#0888-20, 19g80. Irregular obverse, odd mintmark. | by Ahala
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099/C1 Luceria anonymous As. Irregular mint, McCabe F2 second style. Janus / double-slanted lines under; I / Prow / ROMA. AM#0888-20, 19g80. Irregular obverse, odd mintmark.

As. 212-195BC. 19.8grams. Luceria mint. Anonymous. Crawford 097/22 L. Obverse: hd Janus, --, M or LL or P below. Reverse: prow r. Scarce.

There is no L before the prow but clearly a Cr97/22 issue. Below the obverse bust are two marks, variously intrepreted as a letter M, P, or two Ls, or potentially merely die-wear. The latter (die-damage) is most likely, as a die-matched coins with less clear markings exists. However it is quite possible that a letter was engraved, but die-wear caused a change. One interesting comparison with the adjacent Cr97/22 with the L, is the lopsided Janus head on both and this seems to be a feature of other issues of the type. Was there a reason?

 

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Taken on April 6, 2009