From time to time indian imitations of roman aurei
appear on the market. For example CNG
sold a collection
about 2 years ago. The coins served for commercial use and for jewellery.
I could acquire one piece which copies an aureus
of my preferred emperor Antoninus Pius
combining the obverse
with a reverse
. Typical is the blundered obverse legend
(but consisting of a kind of letters) and the correct reverse legend
which looks as if it was intended. Was it to avoid troubles with roman
authorities when pretending an original coin by using the emperor´s name?
is 7,03 grams. (First picture)
Recently I saw another "contemporary
imitation" in an auction
which differs a lot (second picture). It seems to be cast
, has a different style
( I would say cruder and more "Indian") and both reverse
are of Antoninus´. The obverse legend
is completely blundered (only circles and strokes), but the reverse
is again almost correct. The weight
is only 6,24 grams which should have caused problems when the coin was used for trade, except the value was determined by it´s weight
Maybe this coin is not contemporary
ancient, but later) and not even a coin but rather a piece of jewellery? I couldn´t find a similar piece so far except one, a copy of an aureus
, in Paula J. Turner´s "Roman Coins
" (third picture). So I didn´t bid on it.
What do you think?