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Home > Fake Coin Reports > Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Crisis to Recovery: Maximinus I - Numerian: AD 235 - 284

Aelianus.jpg
Aelianus, Antoninanus38 viewsObv:- IMP C AELIANVS P F . AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:- TVTELA, Pietas standing left

Fake from modern dies. Sold as a replica
maridvnvm
Aemilian.jpg
Aemilian126 viewsAemilian. AD 253. AR Antoninianus . Rome mint.
Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / ERCVL VICTORI,
Hercules standing right, holding club set on ground, bow, and lion skin draped over left arm.
RIC IV 3(b); RSC 13; Hunter 10.

Fake 23 mm, 5,04 gm.
Martin B4
43_Emilien_500.jpg
Aemilian43 viewsAemilian
Monoface modern paduan engraved by Jérémie KETELS (France) 2020
(from a complete collection of the 48 emperors of the High Empire).
Copper, diameter 35mm, 20g
pescennius
Aemil.jpg
Aemilian, Gold Aureus395 viewsAemilian, 253 AD. AV Aureus
Obv: IMP AEMILIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Aemilian right
Rev: APOL CONSERVAT, Apollo standing left, holding branch and leaning elbow on lyre.

offered for sale on ebay October 2008
maridvnvm
AemilianGold.jpg
Aemilian, gold, Slavei850 viewsAemilian, gold, Slavei, sold as a replica for 200 Euro in 2006Joe Sermarini
FakeAemilian3a.jpg
Aemilian, Sestertius, RIC 52 Note770 viewsObv:- IMP CAES AEMILIANVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:- VICTORIA AVG S-C, Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm
Reference:- RIC 52 Note (RIC 52 is P F AVG)

Cast

Submitted by Maridvnvm
maridvnvm
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Aemilius420 viewsAemilian, 253 AD. AV Aureus (3.68 g).
obv: IMP AEMILIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Aemilian right
rev: APOL CONSERVAT, Apollo standing left, holding branch and leaning elbow on lyre.

offered for auction in January 2008

submitted by areich
areich
Aureus of Aemillianus.jpg
Aemillianus245 viewsReproduction of a gold aureus of Aemillianus. AD 193. Becker #215. Coin is stamped 'COPY' on the rim.

Sold on eBay Dec 2006

Submitted by gmazza
Gustavo Mazzarollo
8364D.jpg
Allectus Antoninianus113 viewsInasta Auction No. 43 of 22/2/2012 Type auction: Match The online auction ends on 22/2/2012
Lot No.: 8364 Category: FALSE (studio, modern, etc..) Storage: SPL
False (studio, modern, etc..) - Alletto (293-296) - Antonini - (g AG 2.79)
SRukke
Allectus_cast_fake.jpg
Allectus with Laetitia reverse - cast antoninianus 402 viewsCast antoninianus of Allectus with Laetitia reverse

Example A are all photographs of the same coin which was purchased on eBay in September 2008.
Example B is a photograph of a different coin that was offered for sale by a coin dealer.

Both were sold as genuine. Both have identical flans, wear, nicks and dings.

Attribution details:
IMP C ALLECTVS P F AVG - radiate bust right
LAETIT AVG / S P / C - Laetitia standing left, holding wreath/garland and anchor

Mint: C or G mint, commonly attributed to Camulodunum (Colchester)

Size - approx 22mm.
Weight - unknown, but coin is thicker than normal and even in hand feels heavier than standard


Laetitia
BOC_1992_BMF_26a.jpg
Allectus, AV Aureus197 viewsObv:- IMP C ALLECTVS P F AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:- SPES AVG, Spes walking left, holding flower and raising fold of robe
ML in exe
Fig 26a is the false coin - 4.71g
Fig 26b is genuine, once in Paris, photo from sulphur paste

This coin is part of what IAPN/BOC coined as the British Museum Forgers (BMF) production. These are coins based on electrotypes of coins from the British Museum (BM) that have been used to create new dies that have been enhanced in various ways. These coins are considered dangerous counterfeits and caused a lot of embarrassment amongst dealers in the mid-late 1980s when they made it through onto the market.

Whilst being dangerous they all share certain characteristics:-
a) the relief on the coin type is much more rounded and fuller than on the original coin and is often higher
b) many of the coins show no sign of any real wear but lack sharpness giving the impression of being weakly struck
c) the coin is known in an example from the same dies in the BM collection
d) the coin differs in very small ways and these changes are areas of either wear or damage on the BM coin
e) the area of join between the coin type and the flan is never really sharp
f) on gold coins the fields tend to be perfectly flat with some wavyness or convexity on the reverse. The surfaces are so perfect they look like melted chocolate
g) the pattern of wear makes no sense with very clear details on areas which are higher in relief than more flat or worn ones

Another dangerous invention. The usual surface and relief problems arise when examined in detail.

Published in the IAPN BOC Vol 17, No. 1 in 1992 - Example 26
Image used with permission of IAPN
maridvnvm
BOC_1992_BMF_27a.jpg
Allectus, AV Aureus220 viewsObv:- IMP C ALLECTVS P F AVG, Laureate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:- PAX AVG, Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and vertical sceptre
ML in exe
Fig 27a is the false coin - 4.49g
Fig 27b is genuine from London - 4.56g
Fig 27c is genuine from Leu 22, 1979, lot 370 - 4.74g

This coin is part of what IAPN/BOC coined as the British Museum Forgers (BMF) production. These are coins based on electrotypes of coins from the British Museum (BM) that have been used to create new dies that have been enhanced in various ways. These coins are considered dangerous counterfeits and caused a lot of embarrassment amongst dealers in the mid-late 1980s when they made it through onto the market.

Whilst being dangerous they all share certain characteristics:-
a) the relief on the coin type is much more rounded and fuller than on the original coin and is often higher
b) many of the coins show no sign of any real wear but lack sharpness giving the impression of being weakly struck
c) the coin is known in an example from the same dies in the BM collection
d) the coin differs in very small ways and these changes are areas of either wear or damage on the BM coin
e) the area of join between the coin type and the flan is never really sharp
f) on gold coins the fields tend to be perfectly flat with some wavyness or convexity on the reverse. The surfaces are so perfect they look like melted chocolate
g) the pattern of wear makes no sense with very clear details on areas which are higher in relief than more flat or worn ones

A typical BMF forgery made from a BM electrotype. Overlarge lettering with usual BMF problems.

Published in the IAPN BOC Vol 17, No. 1 in 1992 - Example 27
Image used with permission of IAPN
maridvnvm
BOC_1992_BMF_28a.jpg
Allectus, AV Aureus181 viewsObv:- IMP C ALLECTVS P F AVG, Laureate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:- VIRTVS AVG, Virtus standing right holding spear and shield
Fig 28a is the false coin - 4.57g
Fig 28c is genuine from London - 4.17g

This coin is part of what IAPN/BOC coined as the British Museum Forgers (BMF) production. These are coins based on electrotypes of coins from the British Museum (BM) that have been used to create new dies that have been enhanced in various ways. These coins are considered dangerous counterfeits and caused a lot of embarrassment amongst dealers in the mid-late 1980s when they made it through onto the market.

Whilst being dangerous they all share certain characteristics:-
a) the relief on the coin type is much more rounded and fuller than on the original coin and is often higher
b) many of the coins show no sign of any real wear but lack sharpness giving the impression of being weakly struck
c) the coin is known in an example from the same dies in the BM collection
d) the coin differs in very small ways and these changes are areas of either wear or damage on the BM coin
e) the area of join between the coin type and the flan is never really sharp
f) on gold coins the fields tend to be perfectly flat with some wavyness or convexity on the reverse. The surfaces are so perfect they look like melted chocolate
g) the pattern of wear makes no sense with very clear details on areas which are higher in relief than more flat or worn ones

A well made forgery from a BM electrotype of a coin from the Thames hoard. The usual BMF issues apply.

Published in the IAPN BOC Vol 17, No. 1 in 1992 - Example 28a
Image used with permission of IAPN
maridvnvm
BOC_1992_BMF_28b.jpg
Allectus, AV Aureus177 viewsObv:- IMP C ALLECTVS P F AVG, Laureate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:- VIRTVS AVG, Virtus standing right holding spear and shield
Fig 28b is the false coin - 4.56g
Fig 28c is genuine from London - 4.17g

This coin is part of what IAPN/BOC coined as the British Museum Forgers (BMF) production. These are coins based on electrotypes of coins from the British Museum (BM) that have been used to create new dies that have been enhanced in various ways. These coins are considered dangerous counterfeits and caused a lot of embarrassment amongst dealers in the mid-late 1980s when they made it through onto the market.

Whilst being dangerous they all share certain characteristics:-
a) the relief on the coin type is much more rounded and fuller than on the original coin and is often higher
b) many of the coins show no sign of any real wear but lack sharpness giving the impression of being weakly struck
c) the coin is known in an example from the same dies in the BM collection
d) the coin differs in very small ways and these changes are areas of either wear or damage on the BM coin
e) the area of join between the coin type and the flan is never really sharp
f) on gold coins the fields tend to be perfectly flat with some wavyness or convexity on the reverse. The surfaces are so perfect they look like melted chocolate
g) the pattern of wear makes no sense with very clear details on areas which are higher in relief than more flat or worn ones

A well made forgery from a BM electrotype of a coin from the Thames hoard. The usual BMF issues apply.

Published in the IAPN BOC Vol 17, No. 1 in 1992 - Example 28b
Image used with permission of IAPN
maridvnvm
Amandus.jpg
Amandus, Antoninanus1 viewsObv:- IMP S AMANDVS P F . AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:- PAX AVG, Pax standing left

Fake from modern dies. Sold as a replica.
maridvnvm
Aemilian.jpg
Antoninianus of Aemilian436 viewsReproduction of a Roman antoninianus of emperor Aemilian. The reverse shows Apollo standing left. Stamped "R" on the reverse

Sold on eBay Feb 2007

Submitted by gmazza
Gustavo Mazzarollo
valerianus.jpg
ANTONINUS OF VALERIANUS955 viewsHello, I bought this coin on Ebay for 10 dollars. If the avers and the reverse seem ok, the smooth section is very doubtful. The weight of 4,41g is also beyond the theoretical weight of 3,38g.
What think of this currency?
Thank you for your assistance.
Christophe
3 comments
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Aurelian antoninianus74 viewsAurelian
Antoninianus
Obv: IMP C DOM AVRELIANVS AVG
Bust left, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum, seen from rear
Rev: FIDES MILITVM
Fides stg. l., holding standard in r. hand and long transverse sceptre in l. hand.
cf RIC 328

Thin line casting seam running around the edge
mauseus
8363D.jpg
Aurelian Solidus139 viewsInasta Auction No. 43 of 22/2/2012 Type auction: Match The online auction ends on 22/2/2012
Lot No.: 8363 Category: FALSE (studio, modern, etc..) Storage: qFDC
False (studio, modern, etc..) - Aurelian (270-275) - Solid - (3.47 g. AU)
SRukke
Aureliano_Antoniniano_ORIENS_AVG_Remoneda__Imperio_ene_2012.jpg
Aurelian, Antoninianus312 viewsMultiple specimens manufactured by Remoneda (Lost-wax casting).
Shown in the Spanish Forum Imperio-Numismatico in Jan/2012

AE antoninianus, Ticinum mint, second officinae (workshop), struck 270 - 275 A.D.

Obv: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ORIENS AVG, Sol advancing left raising right hand and holding globe in left, two captives at feet, SXXT in exergue.
RIC Va Ticinum #151
mdelvalle
Aurelian_01.JPG
Aurelian, Antoninianus95 viewsObv:- AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:- SOLI INVICTO, Sol in facing facing in quadriga
KAA in exe.

A modern fake combining an obverse of Aurelian with a Reverse of Probus

A montage is available illustrating the various die links I have found with these dies.
maridvnvm
Aurelian_02.JPG
Aurelian, Antoninianus95 viewsObv:- AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:- CONCORDIA AVG, Concordia standing right holding hands with emperor,
QXXIR in exe

A modern fake combining an obverse of Aurelian with a Reverse of Probus

A montage is available illustrating the various die links I have found with these dies.
maridvnvm
Aurelian_03.JPG
Aurelian, Antoninianus95 viewsObv:- IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:- CLEMENTIA TEMP, Emperor standing right, holding sceptre surmounted by an eagle, receiving globe from Jupiter, standing left, holding sceptre
Gamma in centre field, XXI in exe.

A modern fake combining an obverse of Aurelian with a Reverse of Probus

A montage is available illustrating the various die links I have found with these dies.
maridvnvm
Aurelian_04.JPG
Aurelian, Antoninianus68 viewsObv:- AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– ROMAE AETER, Roma seated in temple, holding Victory and sceptre
Minted in Rome (R Dotted Crescent B)

A modern fake combining an obverse of Aurelian with a Reverse of Probus

A montage is available illustrating the various die links I have found with these dies.
maridvnvm
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