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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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1907 files, last one added on Feb 17, 2022
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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 01, 2021
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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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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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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 419 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
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Tetrarchy: Diocletian - Licinius: AD 285 - 324


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189 files, last one added on Apr 23, 2022
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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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127 files, last one added on Jan 23, 2022
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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.

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
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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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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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Otho Denarius2 viewsSlabbed Fake Otho Denarius:

From Jyrki Muona:

There is absolutely NO chance that it is genuine Rome mint Otho.

The dots before M (faint) and after M in the IMP M OTHO obverse legend do not exist in any of the more than 500 dies I have recorded.
The letter "I" in IMP starts in straight line from the extension of the neck. In all known right facing dies it is left of it and underneath the portrait.
The shape of the back of the head and its hairdo are abnormal.
The obverse legend break between CAESAR and AVG is at the forehead/hairline point. This is extremely rare, only four such dies are known.
The head is unusually small, though not impossible.
The weight is ridiculously high. Said to be a mistake. What rubbish for a slabbed coin that cannot be weighed now.
MatMay 16, 2022
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Licinius I Nicomedia3 viewsObv. IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS P F AVG; head r., laur.
Rev. HERCVLI VICTORI; Hercules stg. r., r. behind back, l. leaning on club covered by lion's skin. Δ in left field. SMN in exergue.

5.42 g. Not listed in RIC. Belongs to the issue attested in RIC only for Maximinus (RIC VI NICOMEDIA 68)

Cast fake. Numerous examples sold on eBay. But note that also genuine coins of this type exist.
Lech St?pniewskiApr 23, 2022
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Thrace - Macedonia 4th c. BC, Bergaios5 viewsReplica of silver stater attributed to the king of Thrace Bergaios, circa 350 BC.
Diameter: 14-15 mm, Weight: circa 3 gr
Nikitas KApr 20, 2022
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Pertinax Denarius4 viewsPertinax Denarius. IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG, laureate head right / OPI DIVIN TR P COS II, Ops seated left, holding two corn ears, left hand on top of throne.papsMar 25, 2022
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Augustus, AR Tetradrachm, Antioch7 viewsAugustus AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm of Antioch 5 BC
Obverse: ΚAIΣAPOΣ ΣΕBAΣTOY
Bust of Augustus Caesar
Reverse: ANTIOXEΩN MHTPOΠOΛEΩΣ
Tyche seated right on rocky outcropping, holding
palm frond in right hand; below, half-length figure
of river-god Orontes swimming right; ςΛ (Regnal year)
above; in right field, ΔN (Caesarean year) above
monogram ANT. Approx. Prieur 57; RPC 4158.
Approx. 7-8 gm. 30mm Modern fake. The tetradrachms
of Antioch (in Syria) are often imitated because they are
believed to be one of the type of silver coins that may have
been part of the 30 pieces given to Judas for is betrayal of
Jesus as stated in the New Testament
v-dromeMar 20, 2022
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Hadrian 6 views

Ebay March 2022 by known fake seller ancientearth2006
okidokiMar 18, 2022
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Zenobia6 viewsZenobia ~ 270 - 272 AD
(Palmyrene Secessionist Empire)
Obv: S ZENOBIA AVG; diademed and draped bust right, resting on crescent.
Rev: IVNO REGINA; Juno standing left holding plate and scepter, peacock at feet, star at left.
Maximum Diameter: 21 mm
Weight: 3.6 grams
Denomination: bronze antoninianus

old worn coin struck with modern die

Sold by notorious eBay fake seller volk_65 on September 3, 2021
Michael FMar 13, 2022
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Pupienus4 viewsIMP CAES M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG / VICTORIA AVGG
17.5mm. 3.5g. Victoria standing facing, holding palm & wreath.
Sold on ebay as modern forgery
Dominic TMar 13, 2022

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