This begs an important question, of course . . . how does a supposed "copy" (the California sword) contain more detail than the supposed authentic swords (the Nova Scotia and Florida swords)? As I have mentioned several times (e.g., here), this problem could potentially be resolved if anyone could produce an original, authentic Roman sword with MORE detail than the California sword. So far, however, the assertions that such a sword exists have not been accompanied by any actual evidence.
Are you holding your breath waiting for that evidence of an authentic, museum-curated Roman Hercules-hilted sword to materialize? I'm not.
And before we go CC'ing Steve and threatening me with legal action for violating copyright, I would point out that this page only contains a referring link to an image posted independently on imgur. I did not create that image and that image is not contained on this blog. Further, the use of a portion of the image of the Nova Scotia sword in a composite image falls under Fair Use as defined by 17 U.S.C. § 107:
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