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Abdera Thrace, 346-336 BC, Silver Stater - Becker Forgery60 viewsTHRACE, Abdera. 346-336 BC. Silver Stater, Pausanias, magistrate. Griffin seated left, raising forepaw; above and below, magistrate's name EΠI ΠAYΣANIΩ / ABΔHPI-TEΩN, laureate head of Apollo right; all within shallow incuse square. May 467; AMNG II 139; Weber 2388.

Becker forgery circa 1830.
Joe SermariniMar 22, 2019
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Thrace, Abdera, Silver Stater, Becker Forgery18 viewsTHRACE, Abdera. 346-336 BC. Silver Stater, Pausanias, magistrate. Griffin seated left, raising forepaw; above and below, magistrate's name EΠI ΠAYΣANIΩ / ABΔHPI-TEΩN, laureate head of Apollo right; all within shallow incuse square. May 467; AMNG II 139; Weber 2388.

Becker forgery circa 1830.
Joe SermariniMar 22, 2019
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Thrace, Abdera, Silver Stater, Becker Forgery20 viewsTHRACE, Abdera. 346-336 BC. Silver Stater, Pausanias, magistrate. Griffin seated left, raising forepaw; above and below, magistrate's name EΠI ΠAYΣANIΩ / ABΔHPI-TEΩN, laureate head of Apollo right; all within shallow incuse square. May 467; AMNG II 139; Weber 2388.

Becker forgery circa 1830.
Joe SermariniMar 22, 2019
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Alexander the Great Tetradrachm Price F6723 viewsAlexander the Great Tetradrachm Price F67 16.95g 27.0mm
cf. Tetradrachm, c. 315-294, Amphipolis, Price 481.

Struck or pressed with modern dies. Many examples known.
Joe SermariniMar 22, 2019
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Sextus Pompey Denarius Struck or Pressed with Modern Dies36 viewsSextus Pompey, 44-43 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18.3 mm, 3.34 g, 12 h), mint moving with Sextus Pompey, probably at Massalia, under the fleet commander Q. Nasidius. NEPTVNI Bare head of Cn. Pompeius Magnus to right; below, dolphin swimming downwards; before, trident upwards. Rev. Q.NASIDIVS Galley sailing right; in the prow to right, commander standing right with his right hand raised in salute; in the stern, helmsman holding rudder; above left, star. Babelon (Nasidia) 1, (Pompeia (28). Crawford 483/2. CRI 235. Sydenham 1350. Joe SermariniMar 22, 2019
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Sextus Pompey Denarius Modern Dies Crawford 483/216 viewsObv. Head of Q. Nasidius, commander of the fleet. NEPTVNI behind, bare head of Pompey the Great right; dolphin right below; trident before.
Rev. Q NASIDIVS below, ornate galley advancing right with bank of rowers and under full sail; on the prow stands the hortator, and in the stern is seated a man guiding the rudder; six-rayed star in upper left field.
Crawford 483/2; CRI 235; Sydenham 1350; Kestner 3698; BMCRR Sicily 21-24; RSC 20 (Pompey the Great).
Joe SermariniMar 11, 2019
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Sextus Pompey Denarius Modern Dies Crawford 483/213 viewsObv. Head of Q. Nasidius, commander of the fleet. NEPTVNI behind, bare head of Pompey the Great right; dolphin right below; trident before.
Rev. Q NASIDIVS below, ornate galley advancing right with bank of rowers and under full sail; on the prow stands the hortator, and in the stern is seated a man guiding the rudder; six-rayed star in upper left field.
Crawford 483/2; CRI 235; Sydenham 1350; Kestner 3698; BMCRR Sicily 21-24; RSC 20 (Pompey the Great).
Joe SermariniMar 11, 2019
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Manlia Scantilla denarius, RIC IV 7a27 viewsManlia Scantilla. Augusta, AD 193, wife of Didius Julianus AR Denarius, Rome mint. Struck under Didius Julianus.
Av: MANL SCANTILLA AVG, draped bust right
Rv: IVNO RE GINA, Juno, veiled and draped, standing left, holding patera in outstretched right hand and vertical scepter in left; at feet, peacock standing left with head right.
2,94 gr 18 mm
RIC IV 7a (Julianus); RSC 2; BMCRE 11 (Julianus)

Cast confirmed from duplicates.
Joe SermariniFeb 22, 2019
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AEGINA64 viewsAegina
24.5 mm. 4.2 mm height. 10.47 g. Sharp edge.
Cast with a strong seam.
Joe SermariniFeb 10, 2019
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Seleukid Kingdom, Demetrios I Soter23 viewsModern dies published in IBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 5 No.1/2 1980 Page 4 Fig 3

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Seleukid Kings of Syria, Demetrios I Soter AR Tetradrachm. Antioch, dated SE 160 (153/2 BC). Diademed head right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ, Tyche seated left on throne decorated with Tritoness, holding short sceptre and cornucopiae; monograms in outer left field; ΞΡ (date) in exergue. SC 1641.5; SNG Spaer 1275; SMA 113. 16.27g, 30mm, 12h.
Joe SermariniFeb 09, 2019
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Seleukid Kingdom, Demetrios I Soter18 viewsModern dies published in IBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 5 No.1/2 1980 Page 4 Fig 3

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Seleukid Kings of Syria, Demetrios I Soter AR Tetradrachm. Antioch, dated SE 160 (153/2 BC). Diademed head right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ, Tyche seated left on throne decorated with Tritoness, holding short sceptre and cornucopiae; monograms in outer left field; ΞΡ (date) in exergue. SC 1641.5; SNG Spaer 1275; SMA 113. 16.27g, 30mm, 12h.
Joe SermariniFeb 09, 2019
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IONIA, Smyrna. c. 150-143 BC. AR Tetradrachm30 viewsIONIA, Smyrna. c. 150-143 BC. AR Tetradrachm, stephanophoric type. Poseidonios(?), magistrate. Turreted head of Tyche right / ZMYP/NAIΩN and magistrate's monogram within laurel wreath. Milne Autonomous 145; Milne, Silver 2, obv. die A; SNGvA 2161..
Pressed rather than struck, white metal with a matte surface - Dangerous.
IBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 14 No.1 1989 Page 25 Fig 6b
Joe SermariniFeb 09, 2019
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Caligula, aureus, Divo Augustus reverse39 viewsAV Aureus 37-38 AD, CALIGULA 37–41 AD Lugdunum. Bare head right C· CAESAR· AVG· GERM· P· M· TR· POT· COS. Rev. radiate head of Augustus right between two stars. RIC I 1; Cohen 10-11; BMC I 1. IBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 14 No.1 1989 Page 11 Fig 8 Published fake Forgery Type: struck. Also made in silver. Joe SermariniJan 27, 2019
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Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I, Alexander Style Tetradrachm29 viewsSeleukos I Alexander style tetradrachm.
Seleukos I. Nikator, 312 - 281 B.C. Tetradrachm (14,24g). c. 300 - 295 B.C., Seleukeia am Tigris mint. Obv: Head of Herakles right wearing Nemean Lion's scalp. Rs.: BAΣIΛEOΣΩΣ - ΣEΛEΥKOΥ, Zeus Seated left on throne, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, monogram left, ΔI below throne.
Houghton-Lorber SC 117.1c. Newell, ESM 4

Weight of this one is 14.99 and weight of almost identical piece is 14.24g, Weights of both are too low should be about 17.3g.
A known fake cast by the "Lebanese School."
Joe SermariniJan 27, 2019
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Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I, Alexander Style Tetradrachm39 viewsSeleukos I Alexander style tetradrachm.
Seleukos I. Nikator, 312 - 281 B.C. Tetradrachm (14,24g). c. 300 - 295 B.C., Seleukeia am Tigris mint. Obv: Head of Herakles right wearing Nemean Lion's scalp. Rs.: BAΣIΛEOΣΩΣ - ΣEΛEΥKOΥ, Zeus Seated left on throne, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, monogram left, ΔI below throne.
Houghton-Lorber SC 117.1c. Newell, ESM 4

Weight of this one is 14.24 and weight of almost identical piece is 14.99g, Weights of both are too low should be about 17.3g.
A known fake cast by the "Lebanese School."
Joe SermariniJan 27, 2019
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Galba, denarius, RIC I 18614 viewsGalba. AD 68-69. AR Denarius. Rome mint. Struck circa July AD 68-January AD 69.

Obv : IMP SER GALBA – CAESAR AVG, Laureate head right
Rev : DIVA – AVGVSTA, Livia standing left, holding patera and scepter.

RIC I 186; RSC 55.

Sold with a group overstruck with modern dies on worn genuine ancient coins, but this looks as if it may be cast. In any case, it is certainly fake.
Joe SermariniJan 27, 2019
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Zenobia, antoninianus, RIC 232 viewsObv:- S ZENOBIA AVG, diademed and draped bust right on a crescent
Rev:- IVNO REGINA, Juno standing facing, head left, holding patera in right hand, sceptre in left, peacock at her feet; star in left field.
RIC 2.

Overstruck with modern dies on a genuine worn ancient coin.
Joe SermariniJan 27, 2019
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Labienus, Denarius, RSC 217 viewsLabienus, Denarius, RSC 2
Obv: Q LABIENVS PARTHICVS IMP, Bare head right
Rev: No Legend, Horse standing right, with bridle and saddle, to which a bag is attached
Date: 40 BC.
Ref:- Crawford 524/2; CRI 341; Hersh, "The Coinage of Quintus Labienus Parthicus," SNR59 (1980), 9, Sydenham 1357; RSC 2.

Overstruck with modern dies on a worn genuine denarius.
Joe SermariniJan 27, 2019
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Julius Caesar, denarius, Elephant type, RSC I 4936 viewsobv: elephant advancing right, trampling on horned serpent CAESAR in exergue
rev: Pontifical implements (simpulum, aspergillum, securis, and apex)
cf: Crawford 443/1; Sear CRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC I 49

Overstruck with modern dies on a worn genuine ancient denarius. Dangerous fake.
Joe SermariniJan 27, 2019
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Nigrinian, antoninianus54 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 SermariniJan 27, 2019
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Thrace, Ainos AR Tetradrachm, Caprara Forgery20 viewsCaprara Forgery of a Thrace, Ainos AR Tetradrachm. Circa AD 1820. Head of Hermes facing slightly left, wearing petasos / Goat standing right; AINION above, helmet before. P. Kinns, The Caprara Forgeries (1984), pl. 1, 5a; for prototype, cf. SNG Ashmolean 3552. 16.96g, 30mm, 7h.

Caprara was a modern counterfeiter of Greek coins, who was active in Smyrna and Syros in the 1820s. Many of his forgeries have until now been widely regarded as genuine ancient coins.
Joe SermariniDec 26, 2018
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Constantius I, Gold Medallion, Depeyrot 20/1, RIC 150 viewsConstantinus I., 306-337 n. Chr. AV-Medaillon (Festaureus) Kopie des 20. Jhs. Constantinopolis Vs.: CONSTANTINVS AVG, Kopf mit Diadem n. r., am Ohr kleine Künstlerpunze "SLAWEI", Rs.: Kaiser mit Adlerszepter in Quadriga bei Pompa Consularis v. v. nach RIC 1; Depeyrot 20/1 (Ticinum). 5.46 g. Gold prfr

Lipanoff transfer die fake, the dies are shown on book cover LIPANOFF STUDIO: Catalog of all registered coin types (PDF) COIN COLLECTIONS AND COIN HOARDS FROM BULGARIA. STOP FORGERIES (CCCHBulg. SF) Studies on counterfeits of ancient coins, Volume IX in series.

Joe SermariniDec 26, 2018
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Arsinoe II, under Ptolemy VI, Gold Octadrachm28 viewsGold Octadrachm, Arsinoe II, under Ptolemy VI

Ptolemaic Kingdom. Ptolemy VI or Ptolemy VIII. Gold Octodrachm (27.99 g), 180-164 BC or 145-116 BC. Alexandria. Diademed and veiled head of the deified Arsinoe II right. Rev. APΣINOHΣ ΦIΛAΔEΛΦOY, double cornucopia filled with fruit and bound with fillets. Svoronos 1499; SNG Cop 322.

Forgery reported in IBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 9 No. 1 Page 3 Fig 13:

This coin has been condemned by the IBSCC Photo/ by permission International Bureau for the Suppression of Counterfeit Coins. Refer Bulletin on Counterfeits reference. Part of a series of struck counterfeits from Beirut. Reverse too flat. The border of dots stops above the cornucopia on all examples. Counterfeiter misunderstood the tip of the lotus scepter that juts out from behind the queen's head and represented it as a die break.
Joe SermariniDec 10, 2018
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Augustus Denarius RIC I 122 Slavey Replica22 viewsObv: Bare head of Octavian right.
Rev: IMP CAESAR on architrave of Curia Julia with portico or balcony of four columns, warriors at corners and Victory on globe surmounting the apex of pediment.
SRCV I 1557, RSC I 122, RIC I 266, BMCRR 4358, CRI 421.

Cast fake of a Slavey replica published in "Modern Forgeries of Greek & Roman Coins" Prokopov, p. 28 , pl. 75
Joe SermariniDec 10, 2018
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