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Fake Coin ReportsUSE THE FAKE COIN REPORTS SEARCH TOOL to find a specific type. Start with only one or two terms and add more if you get too many results. Using the search will be much faster than clicking through pages of reports. FORVM recommends buying ancient coins only from reputable dealers. ALL COINS PURCHASED FROM FORVM ANCIENT COINS ARE GUARANTEED FOR ETERNITY. If you must purchase from an unknown seller, we recommend looking for the type here first. Please join FORVM's Classical Numismatic Discussion and then report fake, replica, and modern counterfeit ancient coins here. FORVM will screen these reports and correct any errors we detect, however, any discussion board member may submit a report. It is possible that a genuine coin could be listed here in error. Except for known fraudulent regular sellers of fakes, do not include the names of sellers in reports. DO NOT POST COINS HERE TO ASK IF THEY ARE FAKE - USE THE DISCUSSION.
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Fake Ancient Greek Coins: Archaic and Classical


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2987 files, last one added on Apr 20, 2022
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Fake Ancient Greek Coins: Hellenistic Period


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1910 files, last one added on Jun 27, 2022
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Fake Celtic and Barbaric Coins


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357 files, last one added on May 09, 2020
Album viewed 257 times

Fake Ancient Judaean Coins


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98 files, last one added on Sep 01, 2021
Album viewed 281 times

Fake Roman Provincial (Greek Imperial) Coins


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315 files, last one added on Mar 20, 2022
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Fake Roman Republic Coins: Before 27 BC


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1444 files, last one added on Jun 03, 2022
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: The 12 Caesars: Augustus - Vitellius: 27 BC - AD 69


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1665 files, last one added on May 16, 2022
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: The 12 Caesars: Flavian Dynasty: Vespasian - Domitian: AD 69 - 96


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643 files, last one added on Mar 12, 2022
Album viewed 462 times

Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Adoptive Emperors: Nerva - Commodus: AD 96 - 192


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2076 files, last one added on Mar 18, 2022
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Year of 5 Emperors: Pertinax - Clodius Albinus: AD 192 - 196


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296 files, last one added on Mar 25, 2022
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Severan Period: Septimius Severus - Severus Alexander: AD 193 - 235


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1111 files, last one added on Feb 11, 2022
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Crisis to Recovery: Maximinus I - Numerian: AD 235 - 284


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1199 files, last one added on Mar 13, 2022
Album viewed 508 times

Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Tetrarchy: Diocletian - Licinius: AD 285 - 324


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189 files, last one added on Apr 23, 2022
Album viewed 332 times

Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Late Empire: Constantine - Anastasius: AD 307 - 518


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821 files, last one added on Nov 01, 2021
Album viewed 480 times

Fake Byzantine Coins


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363 files, last one added on Jun 26, 2022
Album viewed 567 times

Fake Medieval and Islamic Coins


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127 files, last one added on Jan 23, 2022
Album viewed 182 times

Fake World Coins


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75 files, last one added on May 29, 2020
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Fake U.S. Coins


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56 files, last one added on Jan 28, 2016
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Fantasy Coins


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Fantasy coins are modern creations made to look like ancient coins, but do not copy a type that actually exists.

210 files, last one added on Mar 11, 2022
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Other Fake Coins


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45 files, last one added on Apr 23, 2021
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Stolen or Lost Coin Reports


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Report coins that have been lost or stolen here (not fakes). You must include your username in the description and explain the loss or theft. If you see a coin reported as lost or stolen, please inform the owner.

136 files, last one added on May 31, 2021
Album viewed 147 times

 

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Fake Coin Study Images - Learn to Identify Fake CoinsExamine these images and read the descriptions to learn how to identify modern forgeries of ancient coins. Discussion board members please add images of study value and describe the characteristics that indicate the coin is a fake.
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Evidence of Casting


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Pitting, filled cracks, field dips, edge seams, filing, soft features, lack of detail, casting sprues, ghost images...

91 files, last one added on Nov 16, 2019
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Evidence of Pressing


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Machine pressed vs. hand struck.

16 files, last one added on Jul 02, 2015
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Evidence of Modern Tool Use to Cut Dies


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Machine made dies...

20 files, last one added on Jun 02, 2010
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Style Deviations


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Deviations from subtle to strange, forgers rarely get style right...

8 files, last one added on Nov 17, 2011
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Epigraphy Deviations


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Forgeries often have the wrong style of letters in the inscriptions.

3 files, last one added on Oct 22, 2017
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Fabric Deviations


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Wrong metal, wrong size, no edge cracks for a type that always has them, strange shape for the type...

12 files, last one added on Aug 17, 2010
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Artificial Patina, Toning and "Make-up"


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Not every coin with an artificial patina is a forgery, but it is an indicator. In any case an artificial patina is a fake patina.

42 files, last one added on Aug 10, 2017
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Work of Known Forgers


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Slavey, Lipanoff, Becker, Christodoulos, the Black Sea hoard, the Toronto Group, etc. STUDY IMAGES - only list here if you explain how to use the image to learn the work of the forger. Otherwise list under the type as a regular fake coin report.

1331 files, last one added on Nov 26, 2021
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Replica Marks


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All replicas should be marked as replicas. Many are not, but some are. Here are some examples.

331 files, last one added on Oct 13, 2018
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Bulk Lots of Mixed Types


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Groups of fakes or replicas of different types sold together may offer clues to identifying fakes from the same workshop.

104 files, last one added on Sep 18, 2015
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Tooling


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A tooled coin is not a forgery, but it is a fake. Tooling is also used to cover up cast fakes.

87 files, last one added on Feb 16, 2021
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Fake Coin Edges


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The edges of fakes often provide the clues to condemn them. Some of the examples here are very different from genuine coins; others are very close to the original type.

45 files, last one added on Nov 18, 2020
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Modern Fake Dies


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504 files, last one added on Nov 26, 2021
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Other Indications of Forgery


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21 files, last one added on Apr 05, 2019
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Fake Antiquity and Medieval Artifact ReportsReports of small fake "antiquities" and medieval artifacts.
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Fake Antiquities


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262 files, last one added on Dec 29, 2015
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Fake Medieval Artifacts


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25 files, last one added on May 29, 2021
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19,025 files in 37 albums and 3 categories with 683 comments viewed 2,521,896 times

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Gotarzes I/Sinatruces (Parthia)1 viewsSellwood type 33

Sold on Ebay by NFSL seller vintage.intaglio
Robert L3Jun 27, 2022
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Mithradates I (Parthia)1 viewstetradrachm
Sellwood type 13

Two examples of identical casts sold by NFSL seller vintage.intaglio - the first (above) listed in 2020, the second (below) in 2022.
Robert L3Jun 27, 2022
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Elymais3 viewsKamnaskires III and Anzaze
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Van’t Haaff type 7.1

Another one of these sold by NFSL seller vintage.intaglio. Previous listing was here: https://www.forumancientcoins.com/fakes/displayimage.php?pid=19840
Robert L3Jun 27, 2022
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John III Vatatzes (1222-1254)0 viewsAu Hyperpyron SBCV 2073.

Weights: 3.88, 3.98g.


Modern pressed(?) imitations (in gold) of the hyperpyron of John III Vatatzes.
Note that the reverses are all upright when they should be inverted.
Part of a series of similar types offered by various major auction houses and other sellers from c. 2002. These types do not it seems appear in any museum collections.
glebeJun 26, 2022
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John III Vatatzes (1222-1254)1 viewsAu Hyperpyron SBCV 2073.

Weights: 3.86, 3.33,
3.90, 3.98g.

Modern pressed(?) imitations (in gold) of the hyperpyron of John III Vatatzes.
Note that the reverses are all upright when they should be inverted.
Part of a series of similar types offered by various major auction houses and other sellers from c. 2002. These types do not it seems appear in any museum collections.
glebeJun 26, 2022
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John III Vatatzes (1222-1254)0 viewsAu Hyperpyron SBCV 2073.

Weights: 4.00, 4.08,
3.92, 4.18g.

Modern pressed(?) imitations (in gold) of the hyperpyron of John III Vatatzes.
Note that the reverses are all upright when they should be inverted.
Part of a series of similar types offered by various major auction houses and other sellers from c. 2002. These types do not it seems appear in any museum collections.
glebeJun 26, 2022
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John III Vatatzes (1222-1254)1 viewsAu Hyperpyron SBCV 2073.

Weights: 4.17, 4.29,
4.16, 3.80g.

Modern pressed(?) imitations (in gold) of the hyperpyron of John III Vatatzes.
Note that the reverses are all upright when they should be inverted.
Part of a series of similar types offered by various major auction houses and other sellers from c. 2002. These types do not it seems appear in any museum collections.
glebeJun 26, 2022
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90 BCE, L. Calpurnius Piso, Denarius, Crawford 340/11 viewsObv: Laureled head of Apollo r., sickle-shaped control mark behind
Rev: Horserider in profile r., two dots above, one dot below, text between rider and singe dot reads C PISO LFS

Found on eBay profile with 15.3k reviews and 100% positive feedback that does not appear on NSFL
1 commentsAdrian HJun 03, 2022

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