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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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2975 files, last one added on Sep 15, 2021
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Fake Ancient Greek Coins: Hellenistic Period


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1901 files, last one added on Sep 25, 2021
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Fake Celtic and Barbaric Coins


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357 files, last one added on May 09, 2020
Album viewed 88 times

Fake Ancient Judaean Coins


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99 files, last one added on Sep 01, 2021
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Fake Roman Provincial (Greek Imperial) Coins


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


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1418 files, last one added on Oct 24, 2021
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: The 12 Caesars: Augustus - Vitellius: 27 BC - AD 69


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1659 files, last one added on Sep 08, 2021
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: The 12 Caesars: Flavian Dynasty: Vespasian - Domitian: AD 69 - 96


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639 files, last one added on Aug 14, 2021
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Adoptive Emperors: Nerva - Commodus: AD 96 - 192


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2053 files, last one added on Sep 20, 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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1097 files, last one added on Jul 30, 2021
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Crisis to Recovery: Maximinus I - Numerian: AD 235 - 284


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1177 files, last one added on Jul 30, 2021
Album viewed 177 times

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


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186 files, last one added on Jul 30, 2021
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Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Late Empire: Constantine - Anastasius: AD 307 - 518


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819 files, last one added on Jul 30, 2021
Album viewed 178 times

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.

210 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.

1327 files, last one added on Oct 21, 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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503 files, last one added on Feb 02, 2020
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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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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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18,893 files in 37 albums and 3 categories with 688 comments viewed 2,483,710 times

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Octavian aureus/denarius 40 b.c.12 viewsCrawford 526/3

Obv:- DIVI F, Head of Octavian right, lituus to right
Rev:- Q•VOCONIVS above, S-C to sides, VITVLVS•Q / DESIG below, bull-calf advancing left

Struck from modern dies in Bulgarian workshop. Genuine coin is an aureus.
Pawel KOct 24, 2021
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Lipanoff, Titus3 viewsSold by different fake sellers with other Bulgarian fakes on ebay, hybrids with Vespasian obverse seem to exist and other die links to Lipanoff forgeries

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/fakes/displayimage.php?pid=5320
Din XOct 21, 2021
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Lipanoff, Titus2 viewsSold by different fake sellers with other Bulgarian fakes on ebay, hybrids with Vespasian obverse seem to exist and other die links to Lipanoff forgeries

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/fakes/displayimage.php?pid=5320
1 commentsDin XOct 21, 2021
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Philip, Arabs, Heliopolis4 viewsPublished fake


"NOTE: the obverse legend does NOT end with PIVS FEL AVG on image no. 10 but with OVBOVS."
"Here the legends are of Philip I while the portrait is clearly that of Caracalla"

Published in the IAPN BOC Vol 18, No. 1 in 1993 - example 10
Image used with permission of IAPN

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/fakes/displayimage.php?pid=8212
Din XOct 21, 2021
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Philip, Arabs, Heliopolis3 viewsPublished fake


"NOTE: the obverse legend does NOT end with PIVS FEL AVG on image no. 10 but with OVBOVS."
"Here the legends are of Philip I while the portrait is clearly that of Caracalla"

Published in the IAPN BOC Vol 18, No. 1 in 1993 - example 10
Image used with permission of IAPN

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/fakes/displayimage.php?pid=8212
Din XOct 21, 2021
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Philip, Arabs, Heliopolis2 views"NOTE: the obverse legend does NOT end with PIVS FEL AVG on image no. 10 but with OVBOVS."
"Here the legends are of Philip I while the portrait is clearly that of Caracalla"

Published in the IAPN BOC Vol 18, No. 1 in 1993 - example 10
Image used with permission of IAPN

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/fakes/displayimage.php?pid=8212
Din XOct 21, 2021
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Philip, Arabs, Heliopolis2 views"NOTE: the obverse legend does NOT end with PIVS FEL AVG on image no. 10 but with OVBOVS."
"Here the legends are of Philip I while the portrait is clearly that of Caracalla"

Published in the IAPN BOC Vol 18, No. 1 in 1993 - example 10
Image used with permission of IAPN

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/fakes/displayimage.php?pid=8212
Din XOct 21, 2021
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Philip, Arabs, Heliopolis11 viewsPublished fake


"NOTE: the obverse legend does NOT end with PIVS FEL AVG on image no. 10 but with OVBOVS."
"Here the legends are of Philip I while the portrait is clearly that of Caracalla"

Published in the IAPN BOC Vol 18, No. 1 in 1993 - example 10
Image used with permission of IAPN

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/fakes/displayimage.php?pid=8212
Din XOct 21, 2021

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