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Otacilia Severa, Antoninianus, RIC 125c169 viewsObv: M OTACIL SEVERA AVG
Bust: Diademed, draped bust right on crescent
Rev: CONCORDIA AVGG
Concordia seated left with patera and cornucopiae
Ref: RIC 125c, Cohen 4

Sold as replica by museumsurplus, "R" stamped on reverse. This is a cast fake.

Submitted by awl.
1 commentsawl12/13/22 at 13:28helvetica: The reverse legend is PVDICITIA AVG, not CONCORDIA...
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Balbinus denarius - courtesy of Nemesis Ancients & Antiquities313 viewsBalbinus Denarius
OBVERSE: IMP CAES D CAE L BALBINVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: CONCORDIA AVGG two hands clasping
19 mm - 3.7 gm

1 comments12/06/22 at 14:52stormbass: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=9736501
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Philip I w/ VICTOR AETER reverse555 viewscast fake of Philip I mule with Gordian III reverse type. Submitted by Jim Shaffer

Jim Shaffer: further comments - notice the multiple small flan cracks and be wary of any coin with these.
2 comments11/10/22 at 22:22Curtis JJ: Note also that this reverse type is unique to Gord...
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Constantius I Chlorus & Galerius Maximianus.351 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Lot withdrawn from the USB Gold and Numismatics auction No. 77 (September 2008).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 15:21Chris P: Agree, very most likely authentic
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APOLLONIA PONTICA, THRACE21 viewsAR Drachm
Obv: Gorgoneion facing
Rev: Anchor, A, Crayfish

Identified as fakes by auction house.
1 commentsTyler L212/30/21 at 00:02Tyler L2: Uploading fakes I did not see on site
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Nigrinian, Antoninianus45 viewsDIVO NIGRINIANO, radiate head right / CONSECRATIO, Eagle standing facing, head left, KAA exergue.

Modern fake in wrong style.
1 commentsJoe Sermarini03/04/21 at 11:25Dominic T: Cast fake or transfer die fake: (...)
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Constans - AE2 - RIC VIII Constantinople 083 var100 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 16:02gsimonel: I have one of these that appears to have been stam...
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ANNIUS VERUS (ANONYMOUS QUADRANS)99 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 23:50cckk: 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.129 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 08:20Din 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).162 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 11:04Din X: Sometimes altered coins are sold as fakes or added...
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Nigrinian, antoninianus64 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 08:03Din X: Sure that this is not just an artificial patina?
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Nero Bronze As93 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 08:03Din X: Sure that this is not just an artificial patina?
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Lipanoff - Augustus88 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 20:44Nerva: Identical dies of coin for sale 12/13/20 on eBay b...
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Augustus, Caius, Lucius & Julia, AR Denarius, RIC 404146 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 20:44Nerva: Identical dies of coin for sale 12/13/20 on eBay b...
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Augustus, Caius, Lucius & Julia Denarius89 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 20:43Nerva: Identical dies of coin for sale 12/13/20 on eBay b...
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Augustus, Caius, Lucius & Julia, AR Denarius, RIC 404159 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 20:40Nerva: 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).162 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 14:02Joseph Sermarini: Sold as a modern fake.
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Traianus100 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 07:07Pekka K: One coin with different background on pictures.
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Traianus100 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 15:43Illyricum65: clone of a traianan sestertius
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Augustus denarius132 viewsAugustus AR-Denar, 30/29 v. Chr., italische Münzstätte; 3.67 g

. Kopf r.//Terminusstatue auf Blitz. BMC 628 (östliche Münzstätte); Coh. 114; RIC² 269 a.

Modern fake sold on ebay in 07/07/2016 by a seller based in Bulgaria
2 commentsMarcelo Leal11/02/20 at 22:28Nerva: Same dies but different "strike" on eBay from Bulg...
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Augustus (Octavian), Denarius112 viewsObv: AVGVSTVS DIVI F laur. head, r.
Rev: IMP CAESAR to either side of rostral column with statue of Octavian atop it.
This appears to be a mule of two Augustus types, the obv being of the type struck at mints in Gaul during his reign as Augustus (cf. RIC 189 & 197, obv only) and the rev being a type struck as Octavian, 29-27 BC (cf: RIC 271). On genuine denarii with this rev type the obv is anepigraphic.

Die Match:
http://www.forumancientcoins.com/fakes/displayimage.php?pos=-4841
http://www.forumancientcoins.com/fakes/displayimage.php?pos=-11012

Sold on Todocoleccion (Spain) as replica
Jun_2011
1 commentsmdelvalle08/25/20 at 12:46Vincenzo Z: grazie dottorr Prokopov ,non credevo ci fossero co...
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Otho denarius105 viewsFake Otho denarius withdrawn from Gorny & Mosch auction 220 Lot 1623.
Otho, Denarius (3,29gr).
IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P
PONT MAX,
RIC 22; C. 12; BMC 12; BN 27
1 commentsantesignanvm02/25/20 at 10:47jmuona: See my Otho gallery for more information
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Antoninus Pius with Marcus Aurelius as Caesar (138-161). Fake Sestertius (33mm, 26.63 g, 12h).162 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 Sermarini02/19/20 at 20:04curtislclay: Looks like a struck original to me.
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Carausius80 viewsCarausius
Denarius
Imitation of RIC 5b 560
Obv IMP CARAVSIVS PF AVG
Rev FELICITAS
Several copies of this coin have been listed on eBay by kopar0208.The description used on the latest example is simply "Carausius Silver Denarius".
1 commentsNoviomagus09/06/19 at 12:32Noviomagus: Another example listed on ebay by gagoc_6 in Septe...
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