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Otacilia Severa, Augusta Feb/Mar 244 - Sep/Oct 249 A.D., Wife of Philip I, Cast Fake SestertiusOtacilia Severa, Augusta Feb/Mar 244 - Sep/Oct 249 A.D., Wife of Philip I, Cast Fake Sestertius
15.660g, 28.6mm, 0 die axis, struck 244 - 249 A.D.
RIC IV 203a, Cohen V 10, Hunter III 14, SRCV III 9164
Obv: MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG, diademed draped bust right
Rev: CONCORDIA AVGG (harmony between the Emperor and Empress), Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, double cornucopia in left hand, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue

Cast fake. Pre-1970. Condemned by NGC.
Jun 02, 2021
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Poseidonia, Lucania, Italy, c. 450 - 390 B.C., Silver Nomos, Cast FakePoseidonia, Lucania, Italy, c. 450 - 390 B.C., Silver Nomos
5.222g, 5.222mm, 0 deg. die axis
cf. HN Italy 1127, SNG ANS 677 ff., SNG Cop 1278 ff., SNG Lockett 442, Weber 817, De Luynes 531
Obv: Poseidon advancing left, trident in raised right, left arm outstretched before, ΠOΣEI downward on right
Rev: bull standing left, ΠOMEI (retrograde, Σ appearing as M) above

Cast. Condemned by NGC.
Jun 02, 2021
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Fantasy Coin AE20AE20, 2.458g, 19.7
Fantasy Coin - If you know more about this coin, please comment.
Jun 02, 2021
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Kings of Galatia, Amyntas, 37 - 25 B.C., AE24, Herakles / LionKings of Galatia, Amyntas, 37 - 25 B.C.
11.677g, 23.6mm, 0 deg die axis.
Obv: head of Herakles right, bearded, club in field behind - not over shoulder - the genuine type has club over shoulder
Rev: Nemean lion walking right, BAΣHΛEΩ (sic) above, AMYNTOY in exergue

An old fake (pre-1970) struck from modern dies. Condemned by NGC.
Jun 02, 2021
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Medieval Votive WandVotive
AE votive wand.
Cast.

Identified as fake by Dr. Ilya Prokopov.
May 29, 2021
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Vespasian denarius RIC 65 Vespasian denarius RIC 65

Poor art level, marks of air bubbles, completely plain edge.
Nescafe giveaway from 1970'
1 commentsMay 29, 2021
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Vespasian denariusSilver denarius identified as a forgery by the British Museum

Struck or pressed from modern dies
May 29, 2021
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Vespasian Judaea Capta SestertiusVespasian. AE Sestertius (24.12 g), AD 69-79. Judaea Capta type. Rome, AD 71. IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM TR PPP COS III. Laureate head of Vespasian right. Reverse: IVDAEA CAPTA, S C. Emperor standing right foot on helmet, holding spear and parazonium; before him, palm tree beneath which Jewess in attitude of mourning seated right on cuirass. Hendin 1504; RIC 167; BMC 543-4

A pressed or cast forgery, from modern dies or mold made by impression of a genuine coins and re-engraved to add additional detail.
Jan 21, 2021
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Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C., Silver Tetradrachm, IBSCC BOCS Cast FakeSilver tetradrachm, cf. Le Rider 114 (different obv. die, same rev. die: R91); SNG ANS 358, bumps and scratches, many shallow cuts on edge, 12.558g, 24.2mm, 180o, Pella mint, c. 354 - 348 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, king riding left, wearing causia and cloak, raising right hand in salute, Δ center below above exergue lines, star under raised right foreleg

Old cast fake. Weight standard of Philip II Macedonian tetradrachms was 14.4g. See Hyla A. Troxell's, Studies in the Macedonian coinage of Alexander the Great, page 17-18. Fakes from same dies are published - IBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 22 No.1 1997 Page 14 Fig 2c and 2d Forgery Type: cast.

CLICK THE IMAGE FOR A VERY LARGE PHOTO.

Ex Numismatic Fine Arts, Fall 1988 (12 October), lot 165; ex Dr. George Brauer Collection

YES, THIS FAKE COIN IS EX NFA! FORVM RECEIVED IT ON CONSIGNMENT WITH THE NFA TAG AND IT MATCHES THE NFA CATALOG PLATE PHOTOS!

Jan 17, 2021
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Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C., Silver Tetradrachm, IBSCC BOCS Cast FakeSilver tetradrachm, cf. Le Rider 114 (different obv. die, same rev. die: R91); SNG ANS 358, 15,75g, Pella mint, c. 354 - 348 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, king riding left, wearing causia and cloak, raising right hand in salute, Δ center below above exergue lines, star under raised right foreleg

Old cast fake. Weight standard of Philip II Macedonian tetradrachms was 14.4g. See Hyla A. Troxell's, Studies in the Macedonian coinage of Alexander the Great, page 17-18. Fakes from same dies with too high weight are published and it is one of these fakes see IBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 22 No.1 1997 Page 14 Fig 2c and 2d Forgery Type: cast, 15.75g
Jan 16, 2021
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Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C., Silver Tetradrachm, Cast, BOCS Vol 22 No.1 1997 Page 14 Fig 2c, 16.82gSilver tetradrachm, cf. Le Rider 114 (different obv. die, same rev. die: R91); SNG ANS 358, 16.82g, 24.2mm, 180o, Pella mint, c. 354 - 348 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, king riding left, wearing causia and cloak, raising right hand in salute, Δ center below above exergue lines, star under raised right foreleg

Old cast fake. Weight standard of Philip II Macedonian tetradrachms was 14.4g. See Hyla A. Troxell's, Studies in the Macedonian coinage of Alexander the Great, page 17-18. Fakes from same dies with too high weight are published and it is one of these fakes see IBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 22 No.1 1997 Page 14 Fig 2d Forgery Type: cast, 16.82
Jan 16, 2021
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Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C., Silver Tetradrachm, Cast, BOCS Vol 22 No.1 1997 Page 14 Fig 2d, 15.72gSilver tetradrachm, cf. Le Rider 114 (different obv. die, same rev. die: R91); SNG ANS 358, 15.72g, Pella mint, c. 354 - 348 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, king riding left, wearing causia and cloak, raising right hand in salute, Δ center below above exergue lines, star under raised right foreleg

Old cast fake. Weight standard of Philip II Macedonian tetradrachms was 14.4g. See Hyla A. Troxell's, Studies in the Macedonian coinage of Alexander the Great, page 17-18. Fakes from same dies with too high weight are published and it is one of these fakes see IBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 22 No.1 1997 Page 14 Fig 2d Forgery Type: cast, 15.72g
Jan 16, 2021
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Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 205 - 190 B.C.Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 205 - 190 B.C.
Silver hemidrachm, SNG Keckman 584; Ashton Rhodes 288; SNG Cop 783; BMC Caria p. 245, 164; HGC 6 1453, NGC condemned as fake, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, weight 2.286g, maximum diameter 14.3mm, die axis 0o, magistrate Gorgos, 205 - 190 B.C.; obverse head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse rose with bud to right, ΓOPΓOΣ above, uncertain control symbol left, P-O flanking stem

Cast. From before 1980.
Jan 02, 2021
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Mark Antony LEG II DenariusSilver denarius, Crawford 544/14, Sydenham 1216, BMCRR II East 190, RSC I 27, Sear CRI 349, obverse ANT•AVG / III VIR•R•P•C, galley right with rowers, mast with banners at prow; reverse LEG - II, aquila (legionary eagle) between two legionary standardsOct 25, 2020
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Mark Antony LEG XI Denarius3.34g. Struck with modern dies. The style and details are simply wrong. Perhaps overstruck on an ancient coin.

Obverse: A weird object that looks like a trident projects from the bow. Odd rudder.

Reverse: The aquila looks like a pigeon, not an eagle. The signa are missing the clear upturned crescents normally present.
Oct 25, 2020
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Mark Antony LEG VII Denarius3.74g Appears to be cast of a fake. The type from which it is cast has been identified as a Dacian imitative, but that is doubtful. Fake of a fake.Oct 25, 2020
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Mark Antony LEG VII AureusBMCRE 188. This coin has been condemned by the IBSCC Photo/ by permission International Bureau for the Suppression of Counterfeit Coins. Refer Bulletin on Counterfeits reference.
6.07g

IBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 9 No. 1 1984 Page 11 Fig 1
Oct 25, 2020
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Mark Antony LEG VII AureusThis coin has been condemned by the IBSCC Photo/ by permission International Bureau for the Suppression of Counterfeit Coins. Refer Bulletin on Counterfeits reference above. LEG VII - No genuine aurei of this legion are known 7.64g

IBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 9 No. 1 1984 Page 11 Fig 2
Oct 25, 2020
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Mark Antony LEG XXIV DenariusThis coin has been condemned by the IBSCC Photo/ by permission International Bureau for the Suppression of Counterfeit Coins. Refer Bulletin on Counterfeits reference. All Legionary issues with numbers higher than LEG XXIII are spurious although they were listed by Babelon and later by Grueber in BMCRR 3.27g
IBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 9 No. 1 1984 Page 11 Fig 3
Oct 25, 2020
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Mark Antony LEG XXV DenariusThis coin has been condemned by the IBSCC Photo/ by permission International Bureau for the Suppression of Counterfeit Coins. Refer Bulletin on Counterfeits reference. All Legionary issues with numbers higher than LEG XXIII are spurious although they were listed by Babelon and later by Grueber in BMCRR 3.47g

IBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 9 No. 1 1984 Page 11 Fig 4b
Oct 25, 2020
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Mark Antony LEG XXV DenariusThis coin has been condemned by the IBSCC Photo/ by permission International Bureau for the Suppression of Counterfeit Coins. Refer Bulletin on Counterfeits reference. All Legionary issues with numbers higher than LEG XXIII are spurious although they were listed by Babelon and later by Grueber in BMCRR Comments 3.58g

IBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 9 No. 1 1984 Page 11 Fig 4a
Oct 25, 2020
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Mark Antony LEG XXX DenariusIBSCC Bulletin on Counterfeits BOCS Vol 9 No. 1 1984 Page 11 Fig 5 .

This coin has been condemned by the IBSCC Photo/ by permission International Bureau for the Suppression of Counterfeit Coins. Refer Bulletin on Counterfeits reference. All Legionary issues with numbers higher than LEGXIII are spurious although they were listed by Babelon and later by Grueber in BMCRR. Overstruck on a victoriate.
Oct 25, 2020
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Egypt, Ptolemy I, Tetradrachm, Portrait of Alexander in Elephant Skin / Athena Egypt, Ptolemy I, Tetradrachm
15.96g
cf. Lorber CPE 69; Svoronos 162; SNG Cop 29; Noeske 6; Hosking 4; BMC Ptolemies p. 4, 33 (all struck at a reduced 15.71g standard)
Obv: Alexander the Great, head right, wearing elephant skin headdress and aegis, no inscription
Rev: Athena Alkidemos advancing right, holding shield and brandishing javelin, ALEXANDROY upward on left; Corinthian helmet right over XA monogram over eagle standing right on thunderbolt with wings closed in right field

Sold on eBay by Notorious Fake Seller rasney-0. Over weight and significant style differences. Other examples sold by several sellers on the NFSL.
Sep 28, 2020
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Egypt, Ptolemy I, Tetradrachm, Portrait of Alexander in Elephant Skin / AthenaEgypt, Ptolemy I, Tetradrachm
16.54g, 29mm
cf. Lorber CPE 69; Svoronos 162; SNG Cop 29; Noeske 6; Hosking 4; BMC Ptolemies p. 4, 33 (all struck at a reduced 15.71g standard)
Obv: Alexander the Great, head right, wearing elephant skin headdress and aegis, no inscription
Rev: Athena Alkidemos advancing right, holding shield and brandishing javelin, ALEXANDROY upward on left; Corinthian helmet right over XA monogram over eagle standing right on thunderbolt with wings closed in right field

Sold on eBay by Notorious Fake Seller oldromancoins. Pressed with modern Bulgarian dies. Over weight and significant style differences. Other examples sold by several sellers on the NFSL.
Sep 28, 2020
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