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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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2986 files, last one added on Dec 30, 2021
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Fake Ancient Greek Coins: Hellenistic Period


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1903 files, last one added on Dec 16, 2021
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Fake Celtic and Barbaric Coins


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357 files, last one added on May 09, 2020
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Fake Ancient Judaean Coins


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98 files, last one added on Sep 02, 2021
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Fake Roman Provincial (Greek Imperial) Coins


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314 files, last one added on Nov 21, 2021
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Fake Roman Republic Coins: Before 27 BC


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1443 files, last one added on Nov 01, 2021
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: The 12 Caesars: Augustus - Vitellius: 27 BC - AD 69


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1663 files, last one added on Nov 01, 2021
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: The 12 Caesars: Flavian Dynasty: Vespasian - Domitian: AD 69 - 96


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642 files, last one added on Nov 01, 2021
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Adoptive Emperors: Nerva - Commodus: AD 96 - 192


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2072 files, last one added on Dec 23, 2021
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Year of 5 Emperors: Pertinax - Clodius Albinus: AD 192 - 196


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295 files, last one added on Jul 28, 2021
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Severan Period: Septimius Severus - Severus Alexander: AD 193 - 235


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1110 files, last one added on Nov 01, 2021
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Crisis to Recovery: Maximinus I - Numerian: AD 235 - 284


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1194 files, last one added on Jan 01, 2022
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Tetrarchy: Diocletian - Licinius: AD 285 - 324


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187 files, last one added on Dec 25, 2021
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Late Empire: Constantine - Anastasius: AD 307 - 518


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821 files, last one added on Nov 01, 2021
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Fake Byzantine Coins


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360 files, last one added on Jul 30, 2021
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Fake Medieval and Islamic Coins


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126 files, last one added on Apr 05, 2019
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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.

209 files, last one added on Jun 28, 2021
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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.

138 files, last one added on May 31, 2021
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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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Other Indications of Forgery


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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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Fake Medieval Artifacts


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18,996 files in 37 albums and 3 categories with 677 comments viewed 2,503,000 times

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Trajan Decius antoninianus6 viewsmodern pressed fakeTibsiJan 01, 2022
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APOLLONIA PONTICA, THRACE8 viewsAR Drachm
Obv: Gorgoneion facing
Rev: Anchor, A, Crayfish

Identified as fakes by auction house.
1 commentsTyler L2Dec 30, 2021
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Diocletian Carthage RIC 31 a4 viewsObverse die also paired with a number of improbable reverses including a VICTORIA ROMANRVM (Jovian - see https://www.forumancientcoins.com/fakes/displayimage.php?pid=20231 and an 'Alexandrian' eagle.

See also the following threads:

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=123332

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=127039

Withdrawn from sale on V Coins following notification
MerindaDec 25, 2021
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Roman Egypt, Antoninus Pius, Alexandria, Tetradrachm3 viewsRoman Egypt, Antoninus Pius, Alexandria, Tetradrachm
Laureate head right / Isis Pharia standing right, holding billowing sail
Athena standing facing, head left, holding shield and spear, wearing aegis on breastplate
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Roman Egypt, Antoninus Pius, Alexandria, Tetradrachm1 viewsRoman Egypt, Antoninus Pius, Alexandria, Tetradrachm
Laureate head right / Isis Pharia standing right, holding billowing sail
Athena standing facing, head left, holding shield and spear, wearing aegis on breastplate
MatDec 23, 2021
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Trajan, denarius, mule Liberalitas (Geta or Alexander Severus)6 viewsObverse: IMP CA[ES NERVA TRAIA]N AVG GERM laureate head of Trajan right
Reverse: LIBERALITAS AVG V, Liberalitas standing left, holding abacus and cornucopiae. Similar to Geta RIC 88 or Alexander Severus 243.

Cast from two different fake coins.

Din X: Geta reverse - Beirut modern hand cut dies IBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 22 No.2 1997 Page 20 Fig 5a.
DzikiZdebDec 17, 2021
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Trajan, denarius, mule Hadrian Liberalitas36 viewsObverse: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM laureate head of Trajan right
Reverse: P M TR P COS III / LIBERAL AVG / III Hadrian seated left on platform; in front of him, Liberalitas standing front, head to left, holding counting-board in her right hand, and an officer seated to left and making distribution to citizen standing to right on steps, holding up fold of toga (RIC 132)

Cast from two different coins.
DzikiZdebDec 17, 2021
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Hadrian, sestertius 23 viewssold a replica (34.5mm, 24.05g, 6h)okidokiDec 16, 2021

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