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John III Vatatzes (1222-1254)78 viewsModern gold (plated?) and copper copies of the hyperpyron S.2073 of John III from the same dies.
Note that the reverse of the top coin is upright but should be inverted.

From a series of modern copies of the hyperpyron from a number of dies.
See also earlier file by commodus
1 commentsglebe07/04/22 at 05:29glebe: Actually the bottom coin seems to be a cast copy o...
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90 BCE, L. Calpurnius Piso, Denarius, Crawford 340/11 viewsObv: Laureled head of Apollo r., sickle-shaped control mark behind
Rev: Horserider in profile r., two dots above, one dot below, text between rider and singe dot reads C PISO LFS

Found on eBay profile with 15.3k reviews and 100% positive feedback that does not appear on NSFL
1 commentsAdrian H06/03/22 at 20:56Adrian H: Casting pits, odd wear patterns, blobby lettering....
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Galerius Maximianus, AR 4 siliqua80 viewsObv:- GAL MAXIMIANVS AVG VII CONSS, Laureate head of Galerius to right
Rev:- IOVI CONSERVATOR AVGG, in ex.:S M S D, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt in his right hand and long scepter in his left; at his feet to left, eagle standing left, head turned back
Fig 1a is the false coin - 13.64g

A silver version of a unique gold multiple of six aurei in Vienna.

Published in the IAPN BOC Vol 21, No. 1 in 1996 - example 1a
Image used with permission of IAPN
2 commentsmaridvnvm06/02/22 at 15:22Din X: It is from Slavey, I bought a die match from him
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Galerius Maximianus, AR 4 siliqua80 viewsObv:- GAL MAXIMIANVS AVG VII CONSS, Laureate head of Galerius to right
Rev:- IOVI CONSERVATOR AVGG, in ex.:S M S D, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt in his right hand and long scepter in his left; at his feet to left, eagle standing left, head turned back
Fig 1a is the false coin - 13.64g

A silver version of a unique gold multiple of six aurei in Vienna.

Published in the IAPN BOC Vol 21, No. 1 in 1996 - example 1a
Image used with permission of IAPN
2 commentsmaridvnvm05/31/22 at 22:20Heliodromus: Another specimen, same dies, was reported as genui...
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Constantius I Chlorus & Galerius Maximianus.346 viewsCONSTANTIVS ET MAXIMIANVS NB C Both busts, draped, cuirassed and laureate, to r., jugate. Constantius before Maxentius. Rev. GENIO POPV – LI ROMANI Genius standing to l. wearing modius on head, chlamys over l. shoulder, patera in r. hand, cornucopia in l. arm. B in l. field, TR in exergue. Lot 1935.

Lot withdrawn from the USB Gold and Numismatics auction No. 77 (September 2008).

Submission by GaiusGCaligula.
2 commentsWill Hooton04/24/22 at 14:21Chris P: Agree, very most likely authentic
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[DS] Domitian as Caesar, 69-81 AD 51 viewsAR Fake Denarius 80-81 AD, Rome mint, struck under Titus.
Obv. CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII, laureate head r.
Rev. PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, goat in the laurel wreath.
Pressed with couple of cast dies – “Dimitrovgrad Studio”.
1 commentsIlya Prokopov04/24/22 at 07:38Pekka K: Obverse reads: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM
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Pescennius Niger22 viewsFound as part of a lot of Roman Imperial Denarii. The reverse is non-existent for Pescennius Niger denarii.1 commentsMarsha04/14/22 at 15:58Pekka K: Reverse of Gordian III RIC 18
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APOLLONIA PONTICA, THRACE16 viewsAR Drachm
Obv: Gorgoneion facing
Rev: Anchor, A, Crayfish

Identified as fakes by auction house.
1 commentsTyler L212/29/21 at 23:02Tyler L2: Uploading fakes I did not see on site
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Nigrinian, Antoninianus43 viewsDIVO NIGRINIANO, radiate head right / CONSECRATIO, Eagle standing facing, head left, KAA exergue.

Modern fake in wrong style.
1 commentsJoe Sermarini03/04/21 at 10:25Dominic T: Cast fake or transfer die fake: (...)
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BRUTUS328 viewsAR Denarius 19/19 mm, 3.44 g
Obv. BRUT. IMP. L PLAET. CEST. Bare hd. of Brutus r.
Rev. EID MAR. Cap of Liberty between two daggers.
Struck. Die-engraver "Slavey Studio - Haskovo I"
Published: Sofia 2003, no.118
I. Prokopov
1 commentsIlya Prokopov02/26/21 at 19:00Din X: It is a Lipanoff fake
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Roma50 viewsObv: OTACIL SEVERA AVG.
Diademed and draped bust right, set on crescent.
Rev: SAECVLARES AVGG / IIII.
Hippopotamus advancing right.
RIC 116b.

Castr from the coin lot 679 from the pecunem Sale N°9
1 comments01/20/21 at 12:02Charles T: Genuine one, we discussed about it on a french for...
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Constans - AE2 - RIC VIII Constantinople 083 var97 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 commentsmaridvnvm12/31/20 at 15:02gsimonel: I have one of these that appears to have been stam...
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ANNIUS VERUS (ANONYMOUS QUADRANS)98 viewsAE quadrans 160-166 AD Obv: Laureate head of a boy Rev; SC within laurel wreath.Location of the marks around the coins matching another FCR. For sale by a serious auction house April 2019. Promptly withdrawn after being advised. 1 commentsDominic T12/23/20 at 22:50cckk: This one keeps popping up but with a lot of fake ‘...
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Roman Republic, C. Cassius Longinus, Imperator, and L. Cornelius Lentulus Spinther, Legate, c. 43 - Early 42 B.C.126 viewsSilver denarius, Crawford 505/2; Sear Imperators 225; Sydenham 1312; RSC I Cassius 9; RBW 1773; BMCRR East 83; SRCV I 1448, aEF, well centered and struck on a tight flan, toned, small open flan crack, modest surface flaws (perhaps overstruck), 3.818g, 20.1mm, 12:00, obverse C CASSI IMP (Gaius Cassius Longinus, Imperator), laureate head of Libertas right; reverse M SERVILIVS LEG (M. Servilius, legate), Aplustre, the branches ending in flowers; military mint traveling with Brutus and Cassius, probably struck at Sardis, in summer 42 B.C.; rare

This is a dangerous fake, examples of which have passed as genuine at reputable auctions. A specialist in Roman Republic coins has condemned it as struck or pressed with modern dies, overstruck on an ancient flan. These dies were first recorded in 2014. All examples are overstruck and no previously known from this issue were overstruck. The apluster is abnormal (no real apluster could look like this). The epigraphy is abnormal. It is uncleaned which is unusual for Roman silver and probably intended to make the forgery less obvious.

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4 commentsJoe Sermarini12/23/20 at 07:20Din X: I can not not post links here but ancientlegends i...
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Antoninus Pius with Marcus Aurelius as Caesar (138-161). Fake Sestertius (33mm, 26.63 g, 12h).160 viewsAntoninus Pius with Marcus Aurelius as Caesar (138-161). Fake Sestertius (33mm, 26.63 g, 12h). Laureate head of Antoninus Pius l. R/ Bare head of Marcus Aurelius r. Modern fake for study3 commentsJoe Sermarini12/19/20 at 10:04Din X: Sometimes altered coins are sold as fakes or added...
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Nigrinian, antoninianus63 viewsObv:- DIVO NIGRINIANO, radiate head right
Rev:- CONSECRATIO, Eagle standing facing, head left, exergue off flan

Overstruck with modern dies on a genuine worn ancient coin.
1 commentsJoe Sermarini12/14/20 at 07:03Din X: Sure that this is not just an artificial patina?
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Nero Bronze As92 viewsNERO, Bronze As
Suspect fake because it was sold by saxbys-coins.
Perhaps part of a group of fakes overstruck on genuine ancient coins.
1 comments12/14/20 at 07:03Din X: Sure that this is not just an artificial patina?
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Lipanoff - Augustus87 viewsModern forgery by Lipanoff Studios of AR denarius of Augustus, 3.89g, 21mm
obv: AVGVSTVS DIVI F bare head r., all devices within oak wreath
rev: C MARIVS TR O III VIR head of Julia r., surmounted by oak-wreath, between the heads, all r., of her sons Caius and Lucius
cf: RIC 405, BMC 108
sold on ebay as authentic by notorious fake seller bulshop555
1 commentscommodus12/13/20 at 19:44Nerva: Identical dies of coin for sale 12/13/20 on eBay b...
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Augustus, Caius, Lucius & Julia, AR Denarius, RIC 404145 viewsObv:- DIVI F AVGVSTVS, bare head right
Rev:- C MARIVS TRO III VIR, heads of Lucius, Julia and Caius right, wreath above.
RIC 404, RSC 1, BMC 106

Modern reproduction

Sold without warranty on ebay May 2009
1 commentsmaridvnvm12/13/20 at 19:44Nerva: Identical dies of coin for sale 12/13/20 on eBay b...
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Augustus, Caius, Lucius & Julia Denarius88 viewsSold on Ebay as a souvenir in Jan 2012.

Augustus, Caius, Lucius & Julia, AR Denarius, RIC 40480 viewsObv:- DIVI F AVGVSTVS, bare head right
Rev:- C MARIVS TRO III VIR, heads of Lucius, Julia and Caius right, wreath above. RIC 404, RSC 1, BMC 106
1 commentsSRukke12/13/20 at 19:43Nerva: Identical dies of coin for sale 12/13/20 on eBay b...
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Augustus, Caius, Lucius & Julia, AR Denarius, RIC 404158 viewsObv:- DIVI F AVGVSTVS, bare head right
Rev:- C MARIVS TRO III VIR, heads of Lucius, Julia and Caius right, wreath above. RIC 404, RSC 1, BMC 106

Sold on ebay February 2008 by bulshop555.

Submitted by Maridvnvm
1 commentsmaridvnvm12/13/20 at 19:40Nerva: Identical dies of coin for sale 12/13/20 on eBay b...
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Antoninus Pius with Marcus Aurelius as Caesar (138-161). Fake Sestertius (33mm, 26.63 g, 12h).160 viewsAntoninus Pius with Marcus Aurelius as Caesar (138-161). Fake Sestertius (33mm, 26.63 g, 12h). Laureate head of Antoninus Pius l. R/ Bare head of Marcus Aurelius r. Modern fake for study3 commentsJoe Sermarini12/07/20 at 13:02Joseph Sermarini: Sold as a modern fake.
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Traianus97 viewsA specimens of a Trajan Sestertius with PAX on the reverse, weight unknown, actually on sale on Ebay as "replica coins" but without marks as "COPY" or similiar.2 commentsIllyricum6511/23/20 at 06:07Pekka K: One coin with different background on pictures.
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Traianus97 viewsA specimens of a Trajan Sestertius with PAX on the reverse, weight unknown, actually on sale on Ebay as "replica coins" but without marks as "COPY" or similiar.2 commentsIllyricum6511/22/20 at 14:43Illyricum65: clone of a traianan sestertius
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