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Artifical Patina - Magnified Details933 viewsA fake coin - sestertius of Trajan. The artificial patina covers the traces of the cast (yellow) At some spots it has fallen or is not well glued (red).Ilya Prokopov
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Artifical Patina - Magnified Details250 viewsDiadumenian 218 b.C.
Ae Sestertius 21,2g; 33mm

Details of artificial patina from a cast fake sestertius.
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Artifical Patina - Magnified Details224 viewsDetails of artificial patina on a cast fake specimen. Like many fake patina's it is thin and bare metal is exposed on the high points.

Gaius Caligula, Ae sestertius; 21,9g; 36mm
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Artificial Patina - "Jax" Patina488 viewsAE Follis
Constantinus II / IOVI CONSERVATORI

This patina may have been made with a commercial product called Jax. The patina is more blue than most (but not all) genuine patinas. As typical for fake patina, it is very thin and rubbed off the high points. Dirt has been applied to highlight the type and legends.
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Artificial Patina - "Jax" Patina396 viewsAE Sestertius:
Julia Paula. Rev. - CONCORDIA
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Artificial Patina - "Jax" Patina309 viewsAE Sestertius,
Cast, artificial patina.
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Artificial Patina - Artificial Blue and Brown Patina450 viewsGood experiment AE but unconvincing.Ilya Prokopov
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Artificial Patina - Before and After634 viewsSabina AD 117-136 BRONZE Sestertius "Vesta"REPLICA 36mm
Obv:- SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P, Diademed draped bust right
Rev: S C - Vesta seated left, holding palladium and scepter.
Rome mint
RIC 1020, Cohen 65

Top coin sold as original October 2007, bottom sold on eBay as a replica September 2007.

We can see the repatination that has been done to the chocolate coloured replica.

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Artificial Patina - Before and After529 viewsObv: MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG Draped bust right, wearing stephane
Rev: PIETAS AVGVSTAE Pietas standing left, the arms spread. Left and Right of two female figures, holding palms.

Top coin sold as original October 2007, bottom sold on eBay as a replica September 2007.

We can see the repatination that has been done to the chocolate coloured replica.

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Artificial Patina - Before and After791 viewsObv: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Bare headed and draped bust right.
Rev: AEGYPTOS, Egypt reclining left and holding sistrum, left elbow resting on basket of grain, ibis on column at feet.

Top coin sold as original October 2007, bottom sold on eBay as a replica September 2007.

We can see the repatination that has been done to the chocolate coloured replica after the introduction of very selective wear.

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Artificial Patina - Before and After620 viewsObv: IMP CAES P HELV PERTINAX AVG, laureate head right
Rev: LAETITIA TEMPORVM COS II S-C, Laetitia standing left, holding wreath & scepter.
Top coin sold as original October 2007, bottom sold on eBay as a replica September 2007.

We can see the repatination that has been done to the chocolate coloured replica.

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Artificial Patina - Before and After558 viewsLUCILLA, Augusta, 164-182 AD. Æ 39mm - Medallion REPLICA
Obv:- LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F, Draped bust right
Rev:- Six Vestal virgins sacrificing in front of the Temple of Vesta.
Gnecchi 13, pl. 76, 9; MIR 18, 1009-2/10; Toynbee -; Cohen 105

We can see the repatination that has been done to the chocolate coloured replica after applying some selective wear and then applying some dirt encrustations.

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Artificial Patina - Before and After919 viewsGordian III AD 238-244 BRONZE MEDALLION 40mm
Obv:- IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:- LIBERALITAS AVGVSTI III Gordian seated left on platform surrounded by soldiers and citizens
ROME MINT 242AD RIC IV n.237

We can see the patination that has been done to the chocolate colored replica after applying some selective wear and then applying some dirt encrustations.

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Artificial Patina - Before and After546 viewsObv: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M laureate head right
Rev: TR POT COS III P P S-C, Trajan riding right

We can see the repatination that has been done to the chocolate coloured replica after applying some selective wear and then applying some dirt encrustations.

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Artificial Patina - Before and After533 viewsSABINA BRONZE Sestertius REPLICA 33mm
Obv: SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P, diademed draped bust right
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG S-C, Concordia seated left, holding patera & resting elbow on statue of Spes, set on a base; cornucopiae under chair.
Cohen 18

We can see the repatination that has been done to the chocolate coloured replica after applying some selective wear and then applying some dirt encrustations.

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Artificial Patina - Before and After586 viewsSestertius Trajan Æ Sestertius.
Obv:- IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate head right, drapery on far shoulder
Rev:- S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI S-C, Roma standing left with Victory & spear.
Cohen 383. RIC 483

We can see the repatination that has been done to the chocolate coloured replica after applying some selective wear and then applying some dirt encrustations.

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Artificial Patina - Before and After654 viewsObv:- IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:- FELICITAS SAECVLI S-C, Felicitas standing facing, head left, holding caduceus & cornucopiae.
RIC 155a

We can see the repatination that has been done to the chocolate coloured replica after applying some selective wear and then applying some dirt encrustations.

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Artificial Patina - Before and After605 viewsObv:- IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II P P, laureate head right
Rev:- FORTVNA AVGVST S-C, Fortuna standing left holding rudder & cornucopiae.
Cohen 60. RIC 60

Sold on ebay as a genuine October 2007 with bidder driving it to Eur 660.

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Artificial Patina - Before and After1082 viewsObv:- A VITELLIVS GERMANICVS IMP AVG P M TR P, laureate and draped bust right
Rev:- PAX AVGVSTI Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia.

We can see the repatination that has been done to the chocolate coloured replica after applying some selective wear and then applying some dirt encrustations.

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Artificial Patina - Before and After899 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA, S C in exergue, captive seated right beneath palm tree, Vespasian standing behind with spear & parazonium, left foot on helmet
Ref: RIC 427, Cohen 239, BMC 543

We can see the repatination that has been done to the replica.

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Artificial Patina - Before and After867 viewsObv:- NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head right with aegis / S-C
Rev:- Triumphal arch surmounted by quadriga, statue of Mars between columns.
RIC 143, Cohen 308.

We can see the repatination that has been done to the chocolate coloured replica after applying some dirt encrustations.

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Artificial Patina - Black "Paintina" on Silver685 viewsBlack "Paintina" on silver. The spelling is intentional - it is paint. It is intended to look like dark toning or horn silver. Ilya Prokopov
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Artificial Patina - Bulgarian Fake Patina1478 viewsFrederic Weber wrote, "My wife's coming from Bulgaria, and say that's these patina are very close to some of that she can see on other false coins in Bulgaria. They use real items from roman time, but of poor value, they powder it to have a powder of real patina... with dust, limestone, soil and so one. They glue the powder on the coin with chemicals. Another way is mechanical by using very high pressure and a stream of water vapor."
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Artificial Patina - Different Periods, Same Patina171 viewsThe first coin is from the period 110-130 AD, the second coin is from 218-222 AD. But the patina is exactly the same! This is impossible. Fake sellers may have the same patina on many very different coins. Ilya Prokopov
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