Dr. Ilya Prokopov's Fake Ancient Coin Reports
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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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2935 files, last one added on Jun 05, 2020

Fake Ancient Greek Coins: Hellenistic Period


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1854 files, last one added on Mar 19, 2020

Fake Celtic and Barbaric Coins


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357 files, last one added on May 09, 2020

Fake Ancient Judaean Coins


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96 files, last one added on Mar 16, 2020

Fake Roman Provincial (Greek Imperial) Coins


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289 files, last one added on Mar 27, 2020

Fake Roman Republic Coins: Before 27 BC


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1373 files, last one added on Mar 23, 2020

Fake Roman Imperial Coins: The 12 Caesars: Augustus - Vitellius: 27 BC - AD 69


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1638 files, last one added on Jun 03, 2020

Fake Roman Imperial Coins: The 12 Caesars: Flavian Dynasty: Vespasian - Domitian: AD 69 - 96


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627 files, last one added on May 17, 2020

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


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1992 files, last one added on Jun 03, 2020

Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Year of 5 Emperors: Pertinax - Clodius Albinus: AD 192 - 196


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293 files, last one added on Feb 29, 2020

Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Severan Period: Septimius Severus - Severus Alexander: AD 193 - 235


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1083 files, last one added on Jun 02, 2020

Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Crisis to Recovery: Maximinus I - Numerian: AD 235 - 284


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1153 files, last one added on Jun 06, 2020

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


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183 files, last one added on Aug 18, 2019

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


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810 files, last one added on May 18, 2020

Fake Byzantine Coins


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353 files, last one added on May 17, 2020

Fake Medieval and Islamic Coins


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126 files, last one added on Apr 05, 2019

Fake World Coins


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75 files, last one added on May 29, 2020

Fake U.S. Coins


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56 files, last one added on Jan 28, 2016

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.

206 files, last one added on May 17, 2020

Other Fake Coins


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39 files, last one added on Dec 30, 2018

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.

134 files, last one added on Nov 22, 2019

 

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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

Evidence of Pressing


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Machine pressed vs. hand struck.

16 files, last one added on Jul 02, 2015

Evidence of Modern Tool Use to Cut Dies


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Machine made dies...

22 files, last one added on Jun 02, 2010

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

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

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

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

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.

606 files, last one added on May 19, 2020

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

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

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.

84 files, last one added on Mar 11, 2018

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.

44 files, last one added on Apr 05, 2019

Modern Fake Dies


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503 files, last one added on Feb 02, 2020

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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263 files, last one added on Sep 15, 2019

Fake Medieval Artifacts


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25 files, last one added on Jun 04, 2014

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Magna Urbica1 viewsCliffJun 06, 2020
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Sicily, Aitna AE Tetras 354-344 BC1 viewsJoseph SermariniJun 05, 2020
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Hadrian, Denarius RIC 2573 viewsokidokiJun 03, 2020
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Hadrian, Denarius RIC 3243 viewsokidokiJun 03, 2020
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Sabina, Denarius 1 viewsokidokiJun 03, 2020
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Titus denarius 1 viewsJay GT4Jun 03, 2020
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Plotina and Matidia, Gold Aureus Type Struck by Trajan, Becker Forgery1 viewsJoseph SermariniJun 02, 2020
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Elagabalus, Sidon2 viewsDaniel JJun 02, 2020

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