Ancient counterfeits


147. Ancient counterfeit denarius, 3.13g, IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, laur. head r. with aegis
TR POT III CENS P P P, Minerva 2

The obverse of this coin is a technically correct copy of the April 85 A.D. denarii, save for the odd style. The lettering style is exceptionally good. But the reverse is wrong. It displays again a TR P date, and in addition from the previous year (84 A.D.) while the second part consisting in CENS P P P is a form only used from late 85 onwards. This coin originates from the same hoard as nos 125 and 141 and shares its dies with a coin from the Warren Esty coll.

152. Ancient counterfeit denarius,19mm, 2.8g, 1 January-late August 88 A.D.; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII
IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva 3; RIC 109, Carradice 88.1

An ancient counterfeit in amazing good style, except for the reverse letters which are too thin and sharp. The portrait is exceptional.

156. Ancient counterfeit denarius,18mm, after 88 A.D.  
IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P [VIII obliterated or missing], laur. head r.
COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC; Herald wearing feathered cap adv. left, holding wand and round shield decorated with the helmeted bust of Minerva right.