Ancient counterfeits

 

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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.


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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.


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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.
 

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