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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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Fake Ancient Greek Coins: Hellenistic Period


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Fake Celtic and Barbaric Coins


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Fake Ancient Judaean Coins


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Fake Roman Provincial (Greek Imperial) Coins


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Fake Roman Republic Coins: Before 27 BC


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Fake Byzantine Coins


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365 files, last one added on Aug 23, 2022
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Fake Medieval and Islamic Coins


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Fake World Coins


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Fake U.S. Coins


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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.

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Other Fake Coins


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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.

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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...

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Evidence of Pressing


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Machine pressed vs. hand struck.

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Evidence of Modern Tool Use to Cut Dies


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Machine made dies...

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Style Deviations


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

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Epigraphy Deviations


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

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Artabanos I1 viewsArtabanus I
Tetradrachm
Sellwood type 21

Cast fake, sold by POCHERN Collectibles House through an online auction platform, listed as a "Parthia Mithridates Silver Drachm Coin", September 2022.
For more of these fake Artabanus tets, see: https://www.forumancientcoins.com/fakes/displayimage.php?pid=20182
Robert L3Sep 24, 2022
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Sicily Syracuse tetradrachm - Quadriga and head of Arethusa3 viewsWeight 17.34 gr.
Fast quadriga with charioteer - head of Arethusa left with tresses fly back.
Coin sold on Ebay on June 2022 for 3400 euro. Dies not present in Fisher Bossert or Tudeer. Very similar to another specimen on forgerynetwork (http://forgerynetwork.com/asset.aspx?id=HO7Z2YNRT2A=)
This coin is a pressed forgery as evident also for the cracks on the edges.
CliffSep 18, 2022
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Proculus, AE Antoninianus. Usurper 280-281 AD0 viewsObv:- IMP C PROCVLVS AVG, radiate, bust right
Rev:- [CONOCO]R[DI]A AVG, female figure standing left, holding wreath and scepter

Fake from modern dies. Shown as fake on Facebook Sep. 2022.
Pekka KSep 16, 2022
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Close-up of false patina on fake Aelius denarius 2 viewsSo bad... Zero silver.
Just look at the fill.. ugh. I so wish this would have been real.
Whou would do such a thing? I know exactly who was complicit in selling this.

Ron C3Sep 15, 2022
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Fake Demetrius Greek Drachma and Oboli 2 viewsHi, this is my first post. I wanted to share a recent bad experience. Seller has a ridiculous amount of positive feedback. I will not be adding to that, I can assure you.
I have a few Roman casts sold by this same vendor, as ancient coins, with like 15k positive feedback comments, so it might be good to post some more, highly deceptive casts of denarii here. About to send back for refund. No one seems to know that this stuff is fake. The desire that something false should be real, coupled with ignorance and greed seems to be what allows this sort of fraud to flourish.
Let me know if I should upload more, please. Please let me know if I'm allowed to say where these came from.
Ron C3Sep 15, 2022
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Probus ROMAE AETER2 viewsProbus BI Antoninianus. Rome, AD 278. IMP PROBVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust to right / ROMAE AETER, Roma seated facing in hexastyle temple, holding Victory and sceptre

CAST
Pawel KSep 01, 2022
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Cleopatra VII Tripolis AE -- two more types of cast fake5 viewsSee also the previous, related report, illustrating 6 examples of casts fakes of the same type from major auctions. They are similar enough that I can't tell if these may have been remodeled / re-engraved from the same set of casts, but qualitatively they appear to me to fall into three groups, which I call "Type 1," "Type 2," and "Type 3." On Type 1 the date is clear (RY 2 of Cleopatra in Phoenicia).
All of them have die axis of 12h, diameters 20-21mm, but the weights can vary from c. 7.5g to more than 10g. They've been sold or offered at major auctions between 2005 and 2022. One gave undated prior provenance ("Private UK Collection"); one of the Type 1's only provenanced to a prior auction and its intervening collection.
1 commentsCurtis JJAug 30, 2022
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Cleopatra VII Thea Notera, struck in Tripolis, dated RY 2 (of Cleopatra in Phoenicia, 36/5 BC). RPC I 45107 viewsSix examples below (some sold multiple times, two cited in RPC):
Dates of sales: 2005, 2010 (x2), 2012, 2022 (x3);
Sources: NAC (x2), CNG (x3), Naville, Oslo Myntgalleri, RPC (x2);
Reported weights: 9.26g, 9.66g, 9.78g, 9.82g, 9.99g, 10.10g;
Reported diameters: 20mm.

29 Aug 2022: RPC has been informed (via website) and one auctioneer, who I believe is in process of withdrawing before auction.

All appear to be from the same set of casts but with different false patinas applied.
There appear to be others of this same type (RPC 5410 var.) but from slightly different or modified casts.
1 commentsCurtis JJAug 30, 2022

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