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Counterfeit, Unofficial, Imitative and Barbaric Roman Coins
Lot of 16 Roman Fourree Silver Plated and Limes Base Metal Denarii and Antoniniani, c. 69 - 249 A.D.
Appears to include: Vespasian, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Septimius Severus, Julia Domna, Caracalla, Julia Mamaea, Severus Alexander, Gordian III, and Philip II.LT96264. Lot of 16 fourree silver plated and limes base metal denarii (15) and antoniniani (1), F or better, unattributed to type, no tags or flips, actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $310.00 (€285.20)
Pannonian Celts, Eravisci, Middle Danube, Imitative of Roman Republic, c. 74 - 40 B.C.
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, "Imitations of Roman Republican Denarii" - https://rrimitations.ancients.info/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; $125.00 (€115.00)
Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.
NEW The origin and purpose of the bronze "limes" denarii is uncertain. They may have been a token currency used only along the borders of the Empire. They may have been illegal counterfeits with a now long gone thin silver wash.MA95662. Bronze limes denarius, cf. RIC IV 166, RSC III 586, BMCRE V 197, SRCV II 6354, Hunter III - (Rome mint, silver), VF, cast, well centered on a broad flan, high points flat, dark patina, corrosion, weight 2.484 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, c. 200 - 210 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS AVG PART MAX, laureate head right; reverse PROVID AVGG (the foresight of the two emperors), Providentia standing left, wand in right hand held over globe at feet on left, long grounded scepter vertical in left hand; $50.00 (€46.00)
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