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Aelius, Sestertius, RIC 1063781 viewsObv: LAELIVS CAESAR
Bust: Bare head right.
Rev: TR POT COS II
Salus seated left, holding patera to feed snake arising from altar
Exe: SALVS
Date: 136-138 AD.
Ref: RIC 1063 (Hadrian), Cohen 44

Sold on Ebay as Rosa Copy.
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Agrippa249 viewsAppears to be a modern struck copy of the Agrippa As:
10.84 g, 27.68 mm.
Agrippa, AE As. Struck under Caligula, 37-41 AD. M AGRIPPA L F COS III, head left wearing rostral crown / S-C, Neptune standing facing, head left, naked except for cloak draped behind him and over both arms, holding dolphin in right hand and vertical trident in left.
RIC 58; Cohen 3; Sear 1812.
Reasons that I believe this to be a fake:
1) File marks visible at the top around the edge.
2) The dolphin's tail has three parts, whereas on genuine coins it only has two, as it does in real life.
3) Dots all over the reverse which do not appear on any genuine versions that I have seen (e.g. to the left and right and beneath the bottom edge of the chlamys which is hanging down on the left and beneath the bottom edge of the chlamys which is hanging down on the right)
4) The side edges of the chlamys part on the left appear to be missing.
5) There is an additional slightly sloping line going from beneath his left armpit (i.e. on the right of the image) towards the C which should not be there.
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Antoninus Pius & Marcus Aurelius, Denarius, RIC 417a950 viewsObv:- ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, Laureate head of Pius right
Rev:- AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS, Bare head of Aurelius right.
Date: 140 AD
Ref: RIC 417a, RSC 15, BMC 155

Sold on Ebay as a reproduction. "R" stamped on coin
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Antoninus Pius, Denarius59 viewsAR denarius, Rome mint, 2.6g, 18mm, struck 148-149 A.D.

Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII, bare head right.
Rev: COS IIII, Aequitas standing left holding scales in right, cornucopia in left.
RIC III #177D; RSC II #238; Cohen #238

Shown in the Spanish Forum Imperio-Numismatico
Aug 2011
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Antoninus Pius, Denarius, RIC 168754 viewsObv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XI, Laureate head right
Rev: COS IIII, Emperor standing left holding patera over tripod.
Ref: RIC 168, RSC 301, BMC 625, Sear5 4076

Offered on Ebay as a modern die-struck reproduction
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Antoninus Pius, Dupondius, RIC 930747 viewsObv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVIII,
Bust: Laureate draped bust right
Rev: BRITANNIA COS IIII
Britannia seated left on rock, shield and vexillum in background before.
Exe: SC
Ref: RIC 930, Cohen 118, BMC 1965, Sear5 4266




STAMPED "WRL"
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Augustus, Denarius, RIC 207/2101142 viewsObv: CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE
Bust: Laureate head right
Rev: AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT
Gaius and Lucius standing front, each with hand resting on round shield and spears, simpulum right and lituus left in field above, "X" between.
C L CAESARES
Ref: 1) RIC 207, BMC 533, RSC 43
or
2) RIC 210, BMC 540, RSC 43b

Sold on Ebay by "narendra98", an alias of the Toronto Group.
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Augustus, Denarius, RIC 211/212885 viewsObv: CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE
Bust: Laureate head right
Rev: AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT
Gaius and Lucius standing front, each with hand resting on round shield and spears, simpulum right and lituus left in field above, "X" between.
C L CAESARES
Ref: 1) RIC 211, BMC 537, RSC 43a
or
2) RIC 212, BMC 538, RSC 43d

Sold at one day private auction by bricklayeranc, a Toronto Group fake.
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Augustus, Denarius, RIC 211/212700 viewsObv: CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE
Bust: Laureate head right
Rev: AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT
Gaius and Lucius standing front, each with hand resting on round shield and spears, simpulum right and lituus left in field above, "X" between.
C L CAESARES
Ref: 1) RIC 211, BMC 537, RSC 43a
or
2) RIC 212, BMC 538, RSC 43d

Sold on Ebay by a member of the Toronto Group.
whitetd49
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Caracalla - Plated antoninianus purporting to be aureus19 viewsPlated Caracalla antoninianus, passed off as an aureus.

ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
P M TR P XVIII COS IIII P P, Jupiter, naked, standing right, holding thunderbolt and sceptre.
Plated version of RIC 258a; Cohen 279.
The "gold" plating has peeled off at numerous places on the obverse and reverse, revealing the bronze or billon core.

Sent to wildwinds for identification, March 2020.

No genuine gold coin was struck for Caracalla with this reverse image for this bust type.
This bronze or billon antoninianus, has been plated by someone, in order to deceive an inexperienced buyer.
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Caracalla Denarius27 viewsob: ANONINVS PIVS AVG GERM
Laureate bust right
re: PMTRP XVIIII COS IIII P
Jupiter holding scepter and a head? backward S(eagle) right at feet
Silver
2.06 grams
sandfisher
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Caracalla, Denarius, RIC 282f315 viewsObv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM
Bust: Laureate head right
Rev: P M TR P XVIIII COS IIII P P
Sol mounting quadriga left
Date: 216 AD
Ref: RIC 282f, RSC 355, BMC 176

Offered by the Toronto Group under the name jewunder on 7/16/04.
whitetd49
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Caracalla, Denarius, RIC 282f304 viewsObv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM
Bust: Laureate head right
Rev: P M TR P XVIIII COS IIII P P
Sol mounting quadriga left
Date: 216 AD
Ref: RIC 282f, RSC 355, BMC 176

Confirmation that the previous coin is a fake. This matching coin sold on Ebay by narendra98, a Toronto Group alias.
maridvnvm
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Caracalla, Quinarius, RIC - None262 viewsObv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG
Bust: Laureate bust right
Rev: P M TRP XII COS III PP
Victory advancing left holding palm branch and wreath
Diameter: 15 mm Weight: 1.6 gm

Slavey creation. Victory rev. type does not appear in that issue. That's an invention of the forger. Correct description is then Caracalla silver QUINARIUS, rev. P M TR R XV [not XII] COS III P P Victory advancing l. [not r.], 212 AD. RIC 192, but coupled with earlier obv., unbearded and without BRIT, original would have beard and BRIT
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Clodius Albinus, Sestertius, RIC 52c178 viewsObv: D CL SEPT AL BIN CAES
Bust: Bare head right
Rev: FELICITAS COS II, SC
Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and scepter
Date: 194 AD Rome Mint
Diameter: 31.35 mm (1.23 inch.)
Ref: RIC 52c, Cohen 16

Sold as a Rosa reproduction. The rim is stamped with the number 75. Image courtesy of Charlie at the Replica Store

Submitted by Bluefish
Bluefish
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Coritani 'AUN COST' Gold Stater174 viewsReproduction of a Celtic gold stater of the Dobunni tribe. It was minted between 10 and 61 C.E. This piece is known as the 'AUN COST' and shows a crude wreath. Stamped 'R' on the coin.

Sold on eBay Dec 2006

Submitted by gmazza
Gustavo Mazzarollo
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Costans II gold solidus fake dies75 viewsModern dies for fake gold byzantine coins.
Costans II (641-668), Solidus, Costantinople, AD 654-659
CONSTANT–INYS C COSTAN. Facing busts of Constans II on l. and Constantine IV on r., each wearing crown surmounted by cross and chlamys; between them, cross. / VICTORIA–AVGY and officina uncertain letter. Cross potent on four steps; in exergue, CONOB
Sear 959 var

Sold on ebay by seller "soldatoconfederato" in January 2013.
Note that the dies are worn, they may have been used to forge hundreds of fake coins!
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Didius Julianus, Denarius, RIC 2252 viewsObv: IMP CAES M DID IVLIAN AVG
Bust: Laureate head right
Rev: P M TR P COS
Fortuna standing left, holding rudder on globe & cornucopiae
Date: 193 AD
Ref: RIC 2, RSC 10, BMC 6, Sear5 6073

Sold at one day private auction on Ebay by "power of love", a Toronto Group Forgery
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Didius Julianus, Sestertius, RIC 15222 viewsObv: IMP CAES M DIDSEVER IVL IAN AVG
Bust: Laureate head right
Rev: PM TRP COS SC
Fortuna standing left, with rudder on globe & cornucopiae
A.D. 193
Diameter: 30.79 mm (1.21 inch.)
Ref: RIC 15, Cohen 12, BMC 25

Sold as a Rosa reproduction. The rim is stamped with the number 71. Image courtesy of Charlie at the Replica Store

Submitted by Bluefish
Bluefish
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Domitian129 viewsCopper quadrans
18mm, 2.65g
Obv: Laureate head only right
-CAESAR AVG F
Rev: Bare-headed Parthian kneeling r., offering standard
COSV
JRoME
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Domitian24 viewsDOMITIAN. 81-96 AD. AR Denarius with Aureus legends

Obv : DOMITIANVS – AVGVSTVS, Laureate head r.
Rev : GERMANICVS COS XIIII, Germania seated r. on shield, below, broken spear.

Cf : C 148. BMC 143. RIC 127.

Legends should be MP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII or similar for obverse and
IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P or similar for reverse
Cf : RIC II 66b; RSC 183.

Modern fake

Martin B4
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Domitian Sestertius252 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CEN Size: 30 mm Weight: 18 g RIC 376

Bought in Rome
DruMAX
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Domitian, Denarius, RIC 019221 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Bust: laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P
Lit altar with garland.
Ref: RIC 19. RSC 577.

Sold by narendra98.
maridvnvm
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Domitian, Denarius, RIC 241324 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
Bust: Laureate head right
Rev: COSV
Romulus and Remus suckling she-wolf. Boat below
Date: 81-96 AD. Rome mint

Sold at one day private auction by bricklayeranc. Toronto Group forgery. Fake confirmed by many known duplicates.
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