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Roman Imitatives

Ruler(s)/ Period: Caracalla
Denomination: AE 'Limes' denarius
Date of Issue: after 216 AD
Obverse: Laureate head, right. "ANTONINVS PIVS AVG. GERM."
Reverse: Venus standing left holding Victory and sceptre and resting on shield. "VENVS VICTRIX"
Reference: RIC IVi 311b
Weight: 3.1 gms
Diameter: 18.6 mm


These base metal (often cast) denarii have come to be called "Limes" denarii in recent years because they are supposed to originate from the "Limes" or or fortified border areas of the Roman Empire, specially from the Rhine and the Danube, implying their use by the armies stationed there. However large numbers of hoards of official and un-official coins are found in these areas. It may be that these "Limes denarii" are simply forgeries like any other. Possibly the distance from the centre of the Empire allowed the forgers to be more relaxed as to their choice of metal. First century bronze imitations are more correctly called "Limes Falsa" since they are indeed found around fortifications.

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