Roman Republic, Servius Sulpicius, 51 B.C., Ancient Counterfeit
Counterfeit, Imitative and Barbaric Ancient Coins
The reverse probably refers to the naval victory of P. Sulpicius Galba Maximus. The proconsul in Greece during the First Macedonian War, in 210 B.C. he led the first Roman fleet into the Aegean Sea and captured Aegina, which was plundered and given to the Aetolians, allies of the Romans.RR83521. Fouree silver plated denarius, RSC I Sulpicia 8, Sydenham 931, Russo RBW 1553, Crawford 438/1 (official, solid silver, Rome mint, very rare), VF, corrosion resulting in many small platting breaks, scratch in obverse right field, weight 3.807 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial mint, c. 51 - 60 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo, SER downward behind, SVLP upward before; reverse Naval trophy made of captured rudders, anchor, oars, prows, and aplustres, between draped figure on left, nude Macedonian captive on right; very rare;
$280.00 SALE PRICE $252.00 Pescennius Niger, April to 1 June 193 - March, April or May 194 A.D., Ancient Counterfeit
Pescennius Niger was declared emperor by his troops after the murder of Pertinax. Septimius Severus, after consolidating his own forces and taking Rome, marched upon Niger and defeated him three times. After a fourth in a final defeat at Issus, Niger fled towards Parthia but was overtaken and executed.RS84163. Fouree silver plated denarius, cf. RIC IV 70c (solid silver, official, Antioch mint), Fair, pierced, weight 2.194 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial counterfeiter mint, obverse IMP CAE PESC NIGER IVST AV (or similar), laureate head right; reverse ROMAE AETERNAE (to eternal Rome), Roma seated left on throne, wearing in military attire, Victory in right hand, spear vertical behind in left, round shield behind resting at base of spear;
$215.00 SALE PRICE $194.00 Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D., Ancient Counterfeit With Julian II Reverse
This coin combines an obverse die of Constantius II, 337 - 361, with a reverse die of Julian II, 360 - 363 A.D. The unlikely hybrid of types from different emperors and issues, the light weight, and the flan flaw on the reverse indicate it is a plated ancient counterfeit.
Ancient counterfeits often have mismatched obverses and reverses. Transfer dies were made using genuine coins which were destroyed in the process. Since making each die destroyed the coin, the same coin could not be used to make both dies. The destroyed coins were undoubtedly melted to contribute to the silver foil plate.
Unlike counterfeit denarii, counterfeit siliqua are very rare. Siliqua are so thin, that striking counterfeits with a bronze core apparently could not provide an economic benefit worth the effort and risk.RS79849. Fouree silver plated reduced siliqua, cf. official, Lugdunum mint, silver, RIC VIII Constantius II 180 (for obverse) and RIC VIII Julian II 233 (for reverse), aVF, well centered on a tight flan cutting off parts of legend, marks, scratches, corrosion, edge crack, edge chips, weight 1.385 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 180o, illegal mint, c. 360 - 365 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VOT / X / MVLT / XX in four lines within wreath, eagle in circle closing wreath at the top, CONST in exergue;
$125.00 SALE PRICE $113.00 Cherronesos, Thrace, c. 400 - 338 B.C.
Cherronesos is Greek for 'peninsula' and several cities used the name. The city in Thracian Chersonesos (the Gallipoli peninsula) that struck these coins is uncertain. The coins may have been struck at Cardia by the peninsula as a league, or perhaps they were struck by lost city on the peninsula named Cherronesos. Cherronesos was controlled by Athens from 560 B.C. to 338 B.C., aside from a brief period during this time when it was controlled by Persia. It was taken by Philip II of Macedonia in 338 B.C., Pergamon in 189 B.C., and Rome in 133 B.C. It was later ruled by the Byzantine Empire and then by the Ottoman Turks.
GS75394. Silver hemidrachm, CNG e-auction 104, lot 37; otherwise apparently unpublished; perhaps an ancient plated counterfeit with a debased core, F, lamination defects, corrosion, scratches, weight 2.025 g, maximum diameter 12.9 mm, Cherronesos (or counterfeiter's) mint, c. 400 - 338 B.C.; obverse lion forepart right, head turned back left, tongue protruding; reverse quadripartite incuse square with alternating shallow and deeper sunken quarters, selinon (or grape?) leaf on a stem in on of the sunk quadrants, a pellet in the opposite sunk quadrant; only the 2nd example of this type known to Forum;
$50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00 Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius
The origin and purpose of the bronze "limes" denarii is uncertain. They may have been a token currency used only along the borders of the Empire. They may have been illegal counterfeits with a now long gone thin silver wash.BB77890. Bronze limes denarius, cf. BMCRE IV p. 401, MA120; RSC II 139; RIC III MA696; Hunter II 12; SRCV II 5256 (silver, Rome mint), F, well centered, rough dark green patina, some corrosion, weight 2.601 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain mint, struck under Marcus Aurelius, 161 - 175 A.D.; obverse FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, wearing a double strand pearl diadem, hair in a bun at the back; reverse IVNONI REGINAE, Juno standing left, veiled, patera in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand, peacock at feet on left standing left; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren;
$25.00 SALE PRICE $22.50 Salonina, Augusta 254 - c. September 268 A.D.
Felicitas was the goddess or personification of good luck and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.RA79887. Fouree silver plated antoninianus, cf. GŲbl MIR 903c, RIC V J6 (Lugdunum), Hunter IV J22, SRCV III 10636, RSC IV 50 var. (obv. leg., Lugdunum) (billon, official, Cologne mint, 257-259), F, plated, corrosion, edge crack, weight 2.561 g, maximum diameter 20..4 mm, die axis 0o, criminal counterfeiter's mint, c. 257 - 265 A.D.; obverse SALONINA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair in ridges and in plait looped below ear up the back of head, crescent behind shoulders; reverse FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas seated left, caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand;
$16.00 SALE PRICE $14.40
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