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Home > Fake Coin Reports > Fake Roman Imperial Coins: Late Empire: Constantine - Anastasius: AD 307 - 518

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Arcadius, silver solidus (2)372 viewsObv: D N ARCADI-VS P F AVG
Bust: Helmeted bust facing, diademed, cuirassed, spear in r. hand held over r. shoulder behind head, on l. arm shield decorated with horseman riding down enemy
Rev: CONCORDI-A AVCC A
Constantinoplis enthroned facing, head r., holding sceptre and victory on globe, her right foot on a prow
Exe: CONOB
Date: 397-402 AD.
Mint: Constantinople
Ref: RIC X 7; DOCLR 207-217

Same coin as 'silver solidus (1)'

Submitted by Hydatius
1 commentsHydatius
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Arcadius, solidus, RIC X 1286277 viewsObv: D N ARCADI-VS P F AVG
Bust: Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Rev: VICTORI-A AVGGG,
Honorius standing right, holding labarum in right hand and Victory on globe in left, left foot upon prostrate barbarian (one leg, partially bent at knee); "R" in field left, "V" in right
Exe: COMOB
Weight: 3.72 g
Date: 402-408 AD. Ravenna mint
Ref: RIC X 1286

Not made of gold (unknown metal: billon?)

From Anders' private collection (obtained by grandfather in 1917). Same dies as specimen in ANS (obtained 1962)

Becker counterfeit (Hill, pl. XIV, 267)

Submitted by Hydatius
Hydatius
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Arcadius, solidus, RIC X 1286289 viewsObv: D N ARCADI-VS P F AVG
Bust: Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Rev: VICTORI-A AVGGG,
Honorius standing right, holding labarum in right hand and Victory on globe in left, left foot upon prostrate barbarian (one leg, partially bent at knee); "R" in field left, "V" in right
Exe: COMOB
Date: 402-408 AD. Ravenna mint
Ref: RIC X 1286

Not made of gold (unknown metal: bronze?)

Specimen held by ANS. Same dies as Anders' specimen (obtained 1917)
Becker counterfeit (Hill, pl. XIV, 267)

Submitted by Hydatius
Hydatius
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Ariadne tremissis132 viewsObv: AEL ARIA - DNE AVG
Bust: Female bust, diademed, draped, wearing necklace and ear rings
Rev: cross in wreath
Exe: COMOB
Mint: Constantinople
Date: 476-491 (or under Anastasius)
Ref: cf. RIC 10 938

Offered for sale on eBay by empire_gallery

Submitted by Hydatius 04/08
Hydatius
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Ariadne tremissis cf RIC 10 938142 viewsObv: AEL ARIA - DNE AVG
Bust: Female bust, diademed, draped, wearing necklace and ear rings
Rev: cross in wreath
Exe: COMOB
Mint: Constantinople
Date: 476-491 (or under Anastasius)
Ref: cf. RIC 10 938

Submitted by Hydatius 03/08
Hydatius
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Ariadne tremissis cf RIC 10 938118 viewsObv: AEL ARIA - DNE AVG
Bust: Female bust, diademed, draped, wearing necklace and ear rings
Rev: cross in wreath
Exe: COMOB
Mint: Constantinople
Date: 476-491 (or under Anastasius)
Ref: cf. RIC 10 938

Submitted by Hydatius 03/08
Hydatius
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Avitus Solidus185 viewsObverse: The diademed (rosettes), draped and cuirassed bust right of Avitus. Text around D N AVITVS PERPF AVG.

Reverse: Avitus standing right, resting left foot on captive, holding long cross and Victory on globe. Text around VICTORIA AVG GG, across middle A R, exergue COMOB.

REPRODUCTION, has copy mark 'WRL' stamped on one side
Jonah Y
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AVITUS, 455-45628 viewsAV Tremissis. Ravenna mint.
Obv. D N AVITVS PERP AVG, diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right.
Rev. Cross within wreath; COMOB in ex.
12/13 mm; 0,9g; 12h
Depeyrot 50/1; RIC 2402
Cast from white metal. Glued by two halves. Then the forger makes gold coating.
Ilya Prokopov
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Avitus, s, 455-456, AE 1/2 Centenionalis, Rome23 viewsRÖMISCHES REICH, Avitus, 455-456, AE 1/2 Centenionalis, Rom. Diad. Büste. Rs.Victoria mit Kranz und Palme, i.F.S. 1,41g. RIC 2413, (R5). s.

Modern fantasy forgery of the "Emporium-style"
tejas552
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Basilicus, Av Tremisses146 viewsObv:- D N BASILICVS P F AVG, Diademed, draped bust right
Rev:- Cross within wreath, COMOB in exe.
Fig 1 is the false coin 1.46 to 1.63g with one coin being as little as 1.18g

Part of a group of 60 examples to appear on the market in March 1987.

Cast or struck from cast dies. Traces of small holes and unevenness are caused by casting.
All the specimens are struck in the same way and show identical weak points.
The colour of the gold is darker than in normal coins of the period.
The weight of the coins range from 1.46 to 1.63g with a single example at 1.18g. These are generally too heavy from tremisses.
Even though the edges are not identical, they show a circle and flat fields where the model die, whose shape is unique, did not reach
The counterfeits were copied from the specimen illustrated by O. Ulrich-Bansa, Moneta Mediolanensis (1949), pl. 14, 174

Published in the IAPN BOC Vol 12, No. 1 in 1987 - example 1
Image used with permission of IAPN
maridvnvm
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Basiliscus, Solidus, RIC 1003391 viewsObv: D N BASILISCUS P P AVG, Helmeted bust facing, cuirassed, spear in r. hand held over r. shoulder behind head, on l. arm decorated shield (horseman rides down enemy)
Rev: VICTORI-A AVGGG(delta), Victory standing l., supporting long jewelled cross; with star in right field
Exe: CONOB
Date: AD 475-6. Constantinople mint.
Ref: RIC X 1003

Struck Basiliscus solidus in obviously fake style, sold on German Ebay in April 2005.

submitted by Rupert
Rupert
Constantino_tercio_siliqua.jpg
COMMEMORATIVE SERIES.71 viewsAR Third Siliqua, Constantinople mint, Struck circa 330 AD.
(The seller don't give weight or size)

Obv: Helmeted and draped bust of Roma right.
Rev: Large P within beaded border.
Bendall Type 2; J.P.C. Kent, "Urbs Roma and Constantinopolis Medallions at the mint of Rome," Essays Sutherland, p. 112, pl. 13, 29; Vagi 3039.

Offered on ebay by NFS mangizite-2008 as "Roman Coin"
Jan_2012
mdelvalle
ConstansMule.jpg
CONSTANS352 viewsGold solidus, 4.238 Grams
Observe: CONSTANS AVGVSTVS, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right all within wreath.
Reverse: VICTORIAEDD NN AVGG, two victories facing one another, holding wreath inscribed VOT XX MVLT XXX, TR in ex, all in wreath
Mule between a Constans obverse and a Constantius II reverse, Siscia mint

This mule exists as a genuine coin. This fake was sold on eBay using a description copied from the FORVM catalog for a genuine example of the type.

Machine pressed using hand engraved dies.
Joe Sermarini
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Constans485 viewsCoin 3 of the lot of 4 which were sold to a coin dealer by a Serb in Vienna in June 2009. The coins are very well made, struck not cast (transfer die) and the four examples here are all on flans of exactly the same size and weight.

Constans
Obv: Constans, DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
Rev: FEL TEMP REPARATI dot, Emperor standing left on galley, holding labarum and radiate phoenix, Victory sits at the helm. Delta SIS[SYM4)
Fake of RIC VIII Siscia 244
Giveaway: 1) The large dot instead of the O at the end of the reverse legend. 2) Clean copper shining through high points on both sides. 3) lack of detail on emperor's upper body and phoenix. 4) Bust has few hair strands.
Submitted by Helvetica, August 2009
helvetica
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Constans484 viewsCoin 1 of the lot of 4 which were sold to a coin dealer by a Serb in Vienna in June 2009. The coins are very well made, struck not cast (transfer die) and the four examples here are all on flans of exactly the same size and weight.
Constans
Obv: Constans, DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
Rev: FEL TEMP REPARATIO, phoenix standing right on rocky mound. gamma SIS[SYM3] in ex.
Modern copy of RIC VIII Siscia 241. 18mm.
Giveaway: 1) The rocky mound is too geometrical and precise. 2) The clean copper shining through at high points on both sides. 3) Bust has few hair strands.
Submitted by Helvetica, August 2009

lasta: Such coins of Constans are still offered in Vienna. At moment they are offered uncleaned and mixed in a lot of 6,000 pieces with the well known fakes of Carus and Probus for 3€/piece. All the coins have a dirty lime green patina. They were obviously devaluated so in order to sell them for a lower price than originally expected. This is a success of this excellent forum.
helvetica
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Constans478 viewsCoin sold to a swiss coin dealer from a so-called Smederovo Hoard. The coins are very well made, struck not cast (transfer die): weight 2,9 g.

Constantans. DN CONSTA - NS P F AVG, pearl diade, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP - REPARATIO dot, Emperor on galley with phoenix in right hand, standard with Chi-Ro on the left; Victory at prow. Mintmark ASISsimbol.
Fake RIC VIII Siscia 244.
The same features of coins submitted by Helvetica
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Constans385 viewsCoin sold to a swiss coin dealer from a so-called Smederovo Hoard. The coins are very well made, struck not cast (transfer die): weight 3,0 g.

Constantans. DN CONSTA - NS P F AVG, pearl diade, cuirassed bust right / FLE TEMP - REPARATIO, Phoenix on pyre with wreath. Mintmark gamma SIS delta.
Fake RIC VIII Siscia 241.
The same features of coins submitted by Helvetica
1 comments
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Constans 104 viewsMODERN SERBIAN FAKES of Constans Fel Temp Reparatio as seen here and on wildwinds

http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/ric/fakes2009.htm
Randygeki(h2)
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Constans97 viewsConstans

Obv: Constans, DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
Rev: FEL TEMP REPARATI dot, Emperor standing left on galley, holding labarum and radiate phoenix, Victory sits at the helm. Delta SIS[SYM4)
Fake of RIC VIII Siscia 244
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)
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Constans55 viewsConstans

Obv: Constans, DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
Rev: FEL TEMP REPARATI dot, Emperor standing left on galley, holding labarum and radiate phoenix, Victory sits at the helm. Delta SIS[SYM4)
Fake of RIC VIII Siscia 244
Randygeki(h2)
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Constans46 viewsAbove: Same dies as the one posted by Dane and others. Offered on vcoins and ebay at the momment from a spanish seller.

Below:"Obv: Constans, DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
Rev: FEL TEMP REPARATIO, phoenix standing right on rocky mound. gamma SIS[SYM3] in ex.
Modern copy of RIC VIII Siscia 241. 18mm.
Giveaway: 1) The rocky mound is too geometrical and precise. 2) The clean copper shining through at high points on both sides. 3) Bust has few hair strands.
Submitted by Helvetica, August 2009"
Randygeki(h2)
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CONSTANS (337-350)177 viewsAR Medallion (3 miliarenses), 35/38 mm.
Obv. FLIVLCONS / TANSPFAVG. Diad., dr. and cuir. bust r.
Rev. TRIVMFATOR / GENT / IVMBARBARARVM. Constans stg. l., holding labarum and sceptre;
in ex.- SIS.
Struck. Die-engraver "Slavey Studio - Haskovo I"
Published: Sofia 2003, no.184
Ilya Prokopov
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Constans - AE2 - RIC VIII Constantinople 083 var92 viewsAE2
Obv:- D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, Rosette and laureate diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
Rev:- FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, emperor in military dress standing left on galley, holding phoenix on globe, Victory sitting at the stern, steering the ship
Minted in Constantinople; (_ | S // CONSIA*)
Reference:– RIC VIII Constantinople 83 var (Unlisted officina - All other officina are R)

Cast fake.
1 commentsmaridvnvm
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Constans I 337 – 350168 viewsAE centenionalis,
Obv. D N CONSTANS P F … Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust r.
Rev. GLORIA ROMANORVM Soldier, standard in left hand, advancing right, with his right hand he leads a small bare-headed figure, E in left field.
Struck. Obverse is a Constans fantasy. Reverse is a copy of the 364-378 Gloria Romanorvm type of Valentinian et al.
Ilya Prokopov
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