151/A1 As S.FVRI Janus Prow #1146-28 not in Crawford, same dies as BM specimen reported and rejected by Bahrfeldt and again rejected by Crawford. This coin proves type as genuine
As. 190-180BC. 27.8grams. Rome mint. Furia. Crawford 151/00 S.FVRI. Obverse: hd Janus. Reverse: prow r, S FVRI. Extremely Rare.
Bahrfeldt i,123 discusses the coin type and the British Museum example is illustrated on his plate 6, which picture is compared with my new coin here:
There's no doubt it is the same reverse die. This coin has not been altered in any way, there is a green patina and overall very light rough corrosion that extends up to the edge and over the lettering as it does over the entire type, thus there is no smoothing effects or sharp transitions that might indicate tooling. This coin is untouched. So, if it is good, then the BM specimen, evidently a reverse die match, must be good too. The type exists in Goodman, Triton 1 but a
very worn specimen, and one other example is known but from different dies. Thussneither could, by themselves, remove doubt from the BM coin or definitively prove the coin type exists. This example removes all doubt.
Crawford says the BM specimen is tooled, which it may or may not be, but irrespective, this clear die-match proves the BM coin as genuine. Bahrfeldt comments also that it was tooled hence although it appears in the 1910 catalogue (Rome 827) it does not appear in Crawford 1974 nor in the Leins-Ghey-Crawford 2010 catalogue. Hopefully this discovery will allow the type to emerge from the shade, and the BM coin to come online.