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"Biblical Coins" Replica Group404 viewsSet of modern cast replicas of ancient "Coins of the Bible" produced circa 1950s-1970s and sold as a group set in plastic case as shown.

Lepton of Caponius 6 AD
Lepton of Pontius Pilate 29 AD
Herod Antipas 29 AD
Denarius of Tiberius14-37 AD
Herod the Great 37 BC
Shekel of Tyre 126 BC
Vespasian 72 AD

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"Biblical Coins" replica group324 viewsSet of modern cast replicas of ancient "Coins of the Bible" produced circa 1950s-1970s and sold as a group set in plastic case as shown.

Lepton of Caponius 6 AD
Lepton of Pontius Pilate 29 AD
Herod Antipas 29 AD
Denarius of Tiberius14-37 AD
Herod the Great 37 BC
Shekel of Tyre 126 BC
Vespasian 72 AD

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Agathokles89 viewsDangerous forgeries from the end of the 19th century made from newly cut dies.
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Agathokles84 viewsDangerous forgeries from the end of the 19th century made from newly cut dies.
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Alexander the Great, Alexander III, silver tetradrachm799 viewsAR tetradrachm, Babylon
Head Herakles right in lion's skin headdress / Zeus seated left holding eagle and sceptre
Dimitrov, Modern Forgeries..., 1997, #50

Cast fakes sold as genuine on eBay.de by fraudulent seller antika99.
1 commentsJoe Sermarini
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Alexander the Great, Alexander III, silver tetradrachm, #D540 viewsAR tetradrachm
Head of Herakles right in lionskin / Zeus seated left with eagle and scepter

Cast fakes sold by fakes sellers 'empire_gallery', 'spes-pvblica', and 'imperatorial' on eBay. The top one sold for $122.50 (Feb. 2006 by empire_gallery), the middle one sold for 199.00 EUR (Jan. 2006 by spes-pvblica), and the bottom one sold for $249.75 (Feb. 2006 by imperatorial). (The mark at around 12 o'clock on the reverse of the middle one is just an edge knock.)
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Anastasius I395 viewsA series of fake tremisses of Anastasius I has been offered in recent years. Note that for the five coins shown the common obverse is paired with three different reverses. The two reverses of the top three specimens have also been used for fake tremisses of Justin I. The fakes appear to be struck from transfer dies.byzcoll
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Antoninus Pius - Marcus Aurelius635 viewsAR 12 Cast DenariiIlya Prokopov
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Antoninus Pius 138-161347 viewsAR 12 denarii
Obv. Laur. bust r.
Rev. Victori; Annona; Genius; Salus; Liberalitas; clasped hands ... etc.
Cast.
Ilya Prokopov
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Apollonia Pontica, Thrace, silver diobol, Black Sea Hoard - Some die links286 viewsApollonia Pontica, Thrace, silver diobol
AR diobol, 400-350 BC
Obv:- Laureate head of Apollo facing
Rev:- Inverted anchor; A to left, crayfish to right

This montage shows some of the die linkages seen within the hoard. The IAPN did not perform an exhaustive die analysis but simply selected 15 different examples from the coins represented in the hoard. This illustrates the die linkages seen between the coins from this small sample.

The now infamous "Black Sea Hoard". At the time of printing the BOC considered these to be ancient imitations. Current thinking based on more recent evidence is that they are of modern Bulgarian manufacture.

They differ in style from real examples and whilst there are numerous die matches between the coins in the hoard, there are no die matched with known examples from outside the hoard. Subsequent "hoards", loosely called the "New York Hoard" and others, have also come to light in more recent times. The existence of so many (there are many thousands of them) diobols from Apollonia Pontica and Mesembria that have been placed into the market makes purchasing original examples relatively challenging and the area of collecting these types should be made with some caution.

Published in the IAPN BOC Vol 15, No. 1 in 1990
Image used with permission of IAPN
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Appius Claudius Pulcher, T Manlius Mancinus & Q Urbinus AR Denarius. 111-110 BC.726 viewsHelmeted head of Roma right, square behind / Victory in triga right, one horse looking back, AP CL T MANL Q VR in ex.

Cast fakes sold by fakes sellers 'imperatorial' and '333omega' on eBay. The top one sold for $27.00 (Jan. 2006 by imperatorial) and the bottom one sold for 35.50 EUR (Feb. 2006 by 333omega).
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Black Sea Cities cast fakes1275 viewsRecently I had opportunity to go through a group of about 60 Black Sea area bronzes (various cities of Macedon, Thrace and Moesia Inferior). The coins had a HEAVY, DARK patina with earthen encrustation. I could see that they were pretty good quality, and make out the reverse types. I selected and bought TEN coins. When I brought them home I examined them under microscope and became suspicious. Then I began the cleaning process, and this is what I found EIGHT of TEN were fake! As you can see, these are CAST forgeries, struck in a yellowish bronze very much like they are supposed to look.
The edges are filed.

David Hendin.
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Bosporos Thrace Kotys II and Rhaeskuporis I 67 viewsBosporos Thrace Kotys II and Rhaeskuporis I
Kotys II and Rhaeskuporis I. Struck by Rhaeskuporis. Thrace-Bosporos. AE16. ca 48-42 BC. BASILEWS KOTUS, diademed and draped bust right / BASILEWS RAISKOUPORIDOS, trophy. Jurukova 157; RPC I 1703; Anson II 1164; Mionnet 153.

Cast clones. The top coin may be the genuine original.
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Caracalla, Denarius, RIC -533 viewsObv:– ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev.: CONCORDIA AVG, Concordia seated left holding patera and cornicopiae

These three coins were sold on German Ebay in Sept. 2005 for 30.50 Euros by antika99. Since obviously one buyer bought many fake coins at a time, they will probably be resold.

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Caracalla, Denarius, RIC -462 viewsObv:- ANTONINVS AVG PONT TR P IIII, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:- VENVS, Venus standing, facing, holding apple and pulling dress from shoulder

A published Slavey obverse die, see "Modern Counterfeits & Replicas of Ancient Greek & Roman Coins from Bulgaria", Prokopov, 2004, page 58, plate 144

These three coins were sold on German Ebay in Sept. 2005 for 30.50 Euros by antika99.
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Carthago Nova, Hispania, Quarter shekel147 viewsUnder the Carthaginians.
AR Quarter-shekel struck after 221 BC.

Obv: Laureate head of Melqart l., with the features of Hannibal; club over far shoulder.
Rev: Elephant walking r.
Robinson Punic #6d; Villaronga #49 and #53-2; Monedas Hispánicas #10.

Cast Fakes
Belonging to the photographic Files of Fakes of the Spanish Forum Imperio-Numismatico
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Cast roman imperial denarii1214 views12 AR Denarii
Cast
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Cast Sestertii - Vitellius and 2x Caligula519 viewsLot of three cast copies of Roman sestertii. Includes the following: GAIUS (CALIGULA). 37-41 AD. Laureate head left / Caligula standing left on platform, curule chair behind, extending right hand to five soldiers, last four holding aquila. Cf. RIC I 40 // GAIUS (CALIGULA). 37-41 AD. Pietas seated left, holding patera and resting arm on small draped figure standing facing on basis / Gaius standing left, holding patera over garlanded altar; one attendant holding bull for sacrifice, the other holding a patera on either side; garlanded hexastyle temple of Divus Augustus in background, pediment decorated with sacrificial scene, quadriga and Victories as acroteria, statues of Romulus and Aeneas along roof line. Cf. RIC I 51 // VITELLIUS. 69 AD. Laureate head right / SPQR/OB/CIV SER, legend in three lines in wreath. Cf. RIC I 159. Average VF, the second pierced.

Sestertii with brown toning only or with brown toning and light green in recessed areas must be treated with caution, especially if from unreputable sources. These patinas are easy to create with chemical solutions.

Photo courtesy of CNG
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Cast Severus Alexander Sestertius129 viewsIdentical imperfections and so the same mold.
Bottom coin data: IMP CAES M AVR SEV ALEXANDER AVG. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev. P M TR P VII COS II P P SC. Mars advancing right, holding spear and trophy. RIC 472. AE. g. 19.11 mm. 32.00
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Cn. Papirius Carbo 121 BC.311 viewsHelmeted head of Roma right, X behind / Jupiter in quadriga right, CARBO below, ROMA in exergue.

Cast fakes sold by fakes seller 'empire_gallery' on eBay. The top one sold for $32.00 (Nov. 2005) and the bottom one sold for $39.00 (Mar. 2006).
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Constans II, 641-668, AR Hexagram, Constantinople Mint (642-647)224 viewsThree sepcimens of a cast fake Constans II AR Hexagram from the same master mould appearing in prominent German auction houses between 2002 and 2010.

Vendor description of one example:
BYZANTINISCHE MÜNZEN
Constans II. (641-668)
Hexagramm (5,30g), Constantinopolis 642-647 n.Chr. Av.: d N CONSTAN-TINUS PP AVC, Büste mit Kreuzdiadem, Chlamys und Kreuzglobus v.v. Rv.: dEUS AdIUTA ROmANIS, Kreuz auf Globus über drei Stufen. -- Oberflächen geringfügig rau. Sear 988, MIB 142.
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Constantine Campgate Reproductions690 viewsFrom the image I can deduce that these are cast. They were sold as reproductions, and can be identified by a flan problem at aprox 5:00 on the obverse. Probably wouldn't fool too many collectors when they got them in hand, but it's something to be aware of.

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Constantius187 viewsmodern cast fakes
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Denarii157 viewsFake denarii being sold in lots on Ebay. 3/2012SRukke
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