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Counterfeit, Unofficial, Imitative and Barbaric Roman Coins
Julia Domna, Augusta, 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.
Coins struck by the imperial mint at Emesa are crude and legends are often blundered, but this coin is exceedingly crude and the reverse legend is nearly nonsense. Perhaps it is an ancient counterfeit.RS92843. Silver denarius, unofficial(?); cf. RIC IV S632 (S); RSC III 194; BMCRE V p. 105, S423; Hunter III -; SRCV II -, F, crude portrait, porous, weight 2.440 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 180o, Emesa (Homs, Syria)(?) mint, 193 - 196 A.D.; obverse IVLIA DOMNA AVG (blundered), draped bust right, hair in waved horizontal ridges, bun at back of head; reverse VENERI VICTR (severely blundered), Venus standing right with back turned facing, nude to below the buttocks, resting left elbow on waist high column, transverse palm frond in left hand, apple in extended right hand; scarce; $100.00 (€92.00)
Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D., Ancient Counterfeit
NEW This coin is so close to official style it could easily have passed as official in ancient times. There is some possibility it is official and the copper corrosion could be the result of incomplete mixing of the alloy. A thin line in reverse exergue, however, appears to be the edge of a silver foil, leading us to identify it as far more like to be an ancient plated counterfeit.RS94694. Fouree silver plated denarius, cf. RIC IV C391, RSC III 226, BMCRE V C31, Hunter III 11, SRCV II 7109 (official, silver, Rome mint, c. 211 A.D.), Choice gVF, well centered, near full silvering, excellent official style, frosty surfaces, area core corrosion pushing up plating on obverse, weight 2.307 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, unofficial criminal mint, c. 211 - 220 A.D.; obverse IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right, hair in waved horizontal ridges, bun at back of head, looped plait on neck; reverse VESTA, Vesta seated left on a low seat, veiled, simpulum in right hand, transverse long scepter in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $70.00 (€64.40)
Geto-Dacian, Roman Republic Imitative, 154 B.C. - 1st Century A.D.
The Dacians had a well-established affinity for Republican denarii, used them in enormous numbers, and also minted numerous imitations. Many Roman Republic imitative types, such as this type, are found in Dacia, and nowhere else. Some Dacian imitatives were quite faithful reproductions of the Roman Republic originals. Others, such as this coin, maintain the types but deviate in style. Other Dacian imitatives markedly diverge from their Republican prototypes with more or less fanciful, stylized or "barbarous" designs, often with mismatched obverse and reverse types and blundered legends. -- Phil Davis' website, "Imitations of Roman Republican Denarii" - https://rrimitations.ancients.info/RR95316. Silver denarius, Davis -; cf. official prototype Rome mint, 154 B.C., C. Iuventius Thalna, Sydenham 379, RBW 869, Crawford 202/1a, VF, slightly crude unofficial style, light toning, tight flan, flow lines, weight 3.699 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 270o, unofficial Geto-Dacian mint, 154 BC - 1st Century A.D.; obverse helmeted head of Roma right; behind, X; reverse Victory in biga right; below, C TAL; in exergue, ROMA; SOLD
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