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Counterfeit, Unofficial, Imitative and Barbaric Roman Coins
Pannonian Celts, Eravisci, Middle Danube, Imitative of Roman Republic, c. 74 - 40 B.C.

|Celtic| |&| |Tribal|, |Pannonian| |Celts,| |Eravisci,| |Middle| |Danube,| |Imitative| |of| |Roman| |Republic,| |c.| |74| |-| |40| |B.C.|, |imitative| |denarius|
The die wear indicates a large number of this type was struck. On some examples the reverse legend appears to match the Roman original, POSTVMI / TA (TA ligate). On this specimen and another handled by Forum, it is blundered and appears to read SIVSAV / A. The Roman Republic prototype, struck by the moneyer C. Postumius, commemorated prayers at the shrine of Diana before the Battle of Lake Regillus, when the moneyer's ancestor, A. Postumius Albus Regillensis, was a consul. The hound was the companion of Diana the Huntress. See Phil Davis' website, https://rrimitations.ancients.info/"Imitations of Roman Republican Denarii">.
SH95314. Silver imitative denarius, cf. Freeman Eraviscan 24; Davis class B, group II, E15; Chitescu 173; for Roman Republic C. Postumius prototype see Crawford 394/1, VF, although it appears worn, this coin is nearly as struck with very worn crude dies, weight 3.469 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, tribal mint, c. 74 - 40 B.C.; obverse draped bust of Diana right, bow and quiver over shoulder; reverse hound bounding right, wearing collar, hunting spear below, remnants of legend POSTVMI TA (TA ligate) in exergue; rare; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Ancient Counterfeit

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.,| |Ancient| |Counterfeit|, |denarius|
There are no clear breaks to the copper core but the lamination defects are typical of a plated fouree.
RS89769. Fouree silver plated denarius, cf. RIC III AP424a, RSC II 451, BMCRE IV AP277, Hunter II 4, SRCV II 4786 (official, silver, Rome mint), VF, well centered, light toning, nice portrait of slightly unusual style, double strike, light marks, lamination defects, edge cracks, weight 2.982 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, unofficial counterfeiter's mint, as caesar, c. 140 - 144 A.D.; obverse AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS, bare head right; reverse PIETAS AVG (to the piety of the Emperor), implements of the augurate and pontificate: secespita (knife), aspergillum (sprinkler), ewer (jug), lituus (augural staff), and simpulum (ladle); $135.00 SALE |PRICE| $122.00


Roman Republic, Unofficial, c. 169 - 91 B.C.

|before| |150| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Unofficial,| |c.| |169| |-| |91| |B.C.|, |quadrans|
Crawford notes, "The very common quadrantes with M and N (as Milan 351) are clearly unofficial."
RR79715. Copper quadrans, cf. Milan 351 (from Crawford appendix p. 309 unofficial issues of bronze coins), Sydenham -, VF, centered on a tight flan, light marks,, weight 4.182 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 135o, unofficial mint, c. 169 - 91 B.C.; obverse head of Hercules right, wearing Nemean Lion scalp headdress, three pellets behind; reverse prow right, ROMA below, three pellets before, M above; ex Forum (2006), ex Goodman collection; $125.00 SALE |PRICE| $113.00


Germanic Tribes, Pseudo-Imperial Coinage, Mid 4th - Early 5th Century A.D.

|Germanic| |Tribes|, |Germanic| |Tribes,| |Pseudo-Imperial| |Coinage,| |Mid| |4th| |-| |Early| |5th| |Century| |A.D.|, |AE| |20|
This type was minted by and used as currency by tribes outside the Roman Empire. It copied a Roman type issued under Constantine the Great. Some imitative coins of this type are very similar to the Roman prototypes and some are very crude. This coin is closer to the Roman style than many but the illiterate imitations of legends are made up entirely of N's.
ME89938. Bronze AE 20, For possible prototype see RIC VII Siscia 61 (Roman, official, Constantine the Great, 319 A.D.), VF, overstruck on an official Constantine [II?] (the head of Constantine and part of the legend are visible on the reverse), weight 2.180 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 270o, tribal mint, Mid 4th - Early 5th Century A.D.; obverse helmeted and cuirassed bust of Constantine the Great right, spear in right hand over right shoulder, shield on left shoulder; reverse two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield over altar; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00


Roman Republic, Anonymous (Unofficial?), c. 91 B.C.

|99-50| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Anonymous| |(Unofficial?),| |c.| |91| |B.C.|, |quadrans|
Russo suspects this type may be unofficial because, despite the attractive style, the prow does not include the usual features found on most coins of the period.
RR88352. Copper quadrans, RBW Collection 1244 (unofficial?), Crawford 339/4a, Sydenham 679c, BMCRR Rome 2208, SRCV I 1195, VF, porous, rough, edge splits, weight 2.114 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial(?) mint, c. 169 - 91 B.C.; obverse head of Hercules right, wearing Nemean Lion scalp headdress, three pellets behind; reverse prow right, apotropaic on side, ROMA above, three pellets below; $85.00 SALE |PRICE| $76.50


Roman Republic, Unofficial, c. 91 B.C.

|99-50| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Unofficial,| |c.| |91| |B.C.|, |quadrans|
In 91 B.C., the tribune Marcus Livius Drusus proposed extending Roman citizenship to allied Italian cities, but was assassinated, leading to the Social War.
RR88243. Copper quadrans, cf. Crawford 339/4c (official), Sydenham 679c (official), SRCV I 1194 (official), RBW Collection -, VF, obverse off center, porous/corrosion, weight 3.181 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 45o, unofficial mint, c. 91 B.C.; obverse head of Hercules right, wearing Nemean Lion scalp headdress, three pellets behind; reverse prow of galley right, three pellets right, ROMA below; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00


Germanic Tribes, Pseudo-Imperial Coinage, Mid 4th - Early 5th Century A.D.

|Germanic| |Tribes|, |Germanic| |Tribes,| |Pseudo-Imperial| |Coinage,| |Mid| |4th| |-| |Early| |5th| |Century| |A.D.|, |AE| |19|
This type was minted by and used as currency by tribes outside the Roman Empire. It copied a type issued under Constantine the Great from the Siscia mint.
RL89624. Bronze AE 19, for prototype cf. RIC VII Siscia 59 ff. (Roman, Constantine the Great, Siscia mint, 319 A.D.), VF, near black patina, some porosity, obverse slightly off center, minor edge splt, weight 3.437 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, tribal mint, mid 4th - early 5th century A.D.; obverse IMP CONSTANTINVS MAX AG (blundered), laureate, helmeted, and cuirassed bust of Constantine the Great right; reverse VICTORI LAETAE PIIC PERP (blundered), two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield inscribed VOT / P R (vows of the Roman people) (blundered) over altar, retrograde SIS in exergue; ex Beast Coins VLPP Collection; $65.00 SALE |PRICE| $58.50


Germanic Tribes, Pseudo-Imperial Coinage, Mid 4th - Early 5th Century A.D.

|Germanic| |Tribes|, |Germanic| |Tribes,| |Pseudo-Imperial| |Coinage,| |Mid| |4th| |-| |Early| |5th| |Century| |A.D.|, |AE| |21|
This type was minted by and used as currency by tribes outside the Roman Empire. It copied a type struck under Vetranio in the name of Constantius II.
RL94454. Bronze AE 21, cf. RIC VIII Siscia 284 (S), LRBC II 1171, SRCV V 18903 (official, billon maiorina, issued by Vetranio for Constantius II, 1 Mar - 25 Dec 350), F, a little rough and porous, very irregular flan shape, weight 3.625 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 45o, Germanic tribal mint, 350 - early 5th century A.D.; obverse pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, Z(?) behind, blundered legend imitating D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG; reverse emperor holding two standards ornamented with blundered Christograms, blundered legend imitating CONCORDIA MILITVM; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Roman Empire, Two Roman Imitative Barbarous Radiates, c. 270 A.D.

|Unofficial| |&| |Barbaric|, |Roman| |Empire,| |Two| |Roman| |Imitative| |Barbarous| |Radiates,| |c.| |270| |A.D.|,
During the Crisis of the Third Century (235 - 284 A.D.) the Roman Empire nearly collapsed under the combined pressures of invasion, civil war, plague, and economic depression. In the western provinces, official mints did not meet the needs for low-value coinage and unofficial private mints struck imitations of Roman coins (usually antoniniani). These unofficial imitations, called barbarous radiates today, were not counterfeits. They were smaller than standard issues, were not intended to deceive, and probably only functioned as small change.
RA91692. Two barbarous radiates, 1) imitative of a Quintillus antoninianus (r. 270 A.D., 2.132g, 20.3mm) and 2) imitative of a Claudius Gothicus antoninianus (r. 268 - 270 A.D., 1.733g, 16.5mm); from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Iberian(?) Barbaric Imitative

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.,| |Iberian(?)| |Barbaric| |Imitative|, |as|
 
RB70583. Copper as, cf. RIC I 431, BMCRE 226, Cohen I 515, BnF I 687, SRCV I 1685 (official, Rome mint, 7 B.C.), F, interesting crude style, nice green patina, edge cracks, scratches, pits on reverses, weight 10.390 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 225o, Iberian(?) unofficial mint, obverse bare head right; reverse large S C; $45.00 SALE |PRICE| $40.50







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REFERENCES|

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