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Home > Fake Coin Reports > Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Late Empire: Constantine - Anastasius: AD 307 - 518
Constans
Coin 1 of the lot of 4 which were sold to a coin dealer by a Serb in Vienna in June 2009. The coins are very well made, struck not cast (transfer die) and the four examples here are all on flans of exactly the same size and weight.
Constans
Obv: Constans, DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
Rev: FEL TEMP REPARATIO, phoenix standing right on rocky mound. gamma SIS[SYM3] in ex. 
Modern copy of RIC VIII Siscia 241. 18mm.
Giveaway: 1) The rocky mound is too geometrical and precise. 2) The clean copper shining through at high points on both sides. 3) Bust has few hair strands.
Submitted by Helvetica, August 2009

lasta: Such coins of Constans are still offered in Vienna. At moment they are offered uncleaned and mixed in a lot of 6,000 pieces with the well known fakes of Carus and Probus for 3€/piece. All the coins have a dirty lime green patina. They were obviously devaluated so in order to sell them for a lower price than originally expected. This is a success of this excellent forum. 
Keywords: Constans Phoenix rocky mound Siscia

Constans

Coin 1 of the lot of 4 which were sold to a coin dealer by a Serb in Vienna in June 2009. The coins are very well made, struck not cast (transfer die) and the four examples here are all on flans of exactly the same size and weight.
Constans
Obv: Constans, DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
Rev: FEL TEMP REPARATIO, phoenix standing right on rocky mound. gamma SIS[SYM3] in ex.
Modern copy of RIC VIII Siscia 241. 18mm.
Giveaway: 1) The rocky mound is too geometrical and precise. 2) The clean copper shining through at high points on both sides. 3) Bust has few hair strands.
Submitted by Helvetica, August 2009

lasta: Such coins of Constans are still offered in Vienna. At moment they are offered uncleaned and mixed in a lot of 6,000 pieces with the well known fakes of Carus and Probus for 3€/piece. All the coins have a dirty lime green patina. They were obviously devaluated so in order to sell them for a lower price than originally expected. This is a success of this excellent forum.

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