Unfortunately, thousands of fake coins are sold every month on eBay. Even the most obvious fakes can easily fool anyone who is not a trained expert. Others show proof a coin is fake. Spotting Fakes. These reproduction coins have the same weight, metal alloy and fineness in detail, as the originals from the historical era. Prototype:  Moneyer Q. Minucius Ter. e-mail me at: This is the end of the main Table of Contents page on ancient Roman imitations. The Republican denarius was nearly pure silver and valued as silver, so there was profit to be made by wrapping a copper core in a thin silver foil (much like aluminum foil) and striking it with false dies to make a "coin" called a "fourré" (= "stuffed" in French) with most of its weight actually copper. Banners and banner decorations are oversized. What's new? 5)  FEL TEMP REPARATIO (AD 348 ff), Must Read: Collecting Fake Coins Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by p91, Oct 29, 2009. Most of the time, you probably can’t. the lines of Victory's skirt are not parallel and they are "wobbly". The quality of engraving will often be of very poor quality. Some are tourist fakes, and usually sold as such and some were made so the common person could have an example of a terribly rare coin that would normally not ever be available. Buy coins that have been encapsulated by a third-party grader; Be skeptical of buying a coin that seems like too good of a deal. If coin collectors would follow these five simple steps, not only would they not get saddled with fakes, they'd help put the counterfeiters out of business! Below are some pictures of fake Bulgarian "uncleaned Roman" coins which were found end of 2003, early 2004 in batches of uncleaned coins sold by dealers all over the world. siliqua, clipped siliqua. Most seem to have one single area of "wear", Characteristics of the reverse of the fake coins are also a giveaway, for example. The colour of the metal where you scratched is bright golden, not yellowish-brown as it would be with an genuine ancient bronze coin. To summarize, you can have a coin with a degenerate style, a weight and a small diameter, a metal other than that of the official coins, which is a fake … 2018, Feb. 7: Magnificent Valentinian AE1. This page is mostly about how new fakes are spotted as they entering the market, usually very quickly. asses in Britain under Claudius in the mid-first century AD,  or "barbarous radiates" in Britain and Gaul c. AD 270) but on the bottom it says imperatore so im wonderin if any1 knows if this is real or a fake?? Coins were regularly counterfeited throughout the entire Roman period. Then, in neglected provinces, the locals sometimes made their own unofficial coins.        This piece: Julian II siliqua, Valentinian I and later AE (AD 364ff)      This piece: Philip II. serratus, serratii If you scratch some fake coins with a pin, it scratches very easily because copper is softer than bronze. (Fourth type down) [under construction -- not even close to ready.     This piece:  An imitation as of Hadrian. About the only way to spot a fake Roman coin is with a gold and silver testing kit. The reverse, next, makes it clearer that it is an ancient fake. These are often a way for dishonest sellers to "grab the money and run".     This piece: Licinius If you want to use some of it, please ask. The bust obviously indicates the portrait and implies the description of the clothes, crowns, jewels and items. This piece: Constantine II Some tips:the most faked coins are gold and silver coins because they are the most expensive. 4)  Types of AD 340-348. A fake coin often looks too clean to be 2,000 years old.         This piece: Gratian AE2, Greek   Often called "fourrés" (occasionally spelled "fourrées" or "fourrees" when the accent is not used), they consist of silver-plated coins struck on flans with base metal cores and just enough silver on the outside to make them look like, and pass for, good silver. Ones found in England often have a greenish-grey-blue tinge from the natural chemicals in the ground. New, 2107, Sept. 12: A Greek fourree drachm of Byzantion in Thrace (third coin down). subaerat  (the word for "fourreé" in German, meaning something like "below, AE") The specimens shown in this collection were made for various reasons. limesfalschung(en) 3 talking about this.     1)  counterfeit pieces intended to deceive in order to make a profit for the counterfeiter (usually silver-plated over a base metal core, as illustrated above), and which allows people to post fakes they have spotted. The altering of a Roman coin by a countermark, sometimes referred to as a counterstamp, ], fourré, fourree (how to identify a fourré) By using a copper core covered in a silver coating, the coin has a much lower intrinsic value, while face value remains the same.   This coin:  A 17 mm coin imitating a coin of Tetricus. Some coins even include detailed pamphlets, offering snippets of information not only about the coin but about the Roman activities at the time of the coins creation. Some coins seen to have been shaken in soot (black areas which stain your fingers and which wash off under running water). but where there is money trading hands, there will always be fakes, frauds, and counterfeits. Fake Roman Coins A knuckle-headed hand doctor busted for hawking fake ancient Greek drachma must pen an expose on the dirty dealings of the coin collector world to avoid jail time. A genuine coin is used to create a die that is an exact mirror image of the coin. If some of those are fakes, the coin you are interested in might well be a fake … Click on the images or links to see imitations from that period. Reverse: Two warriors fighting, the one on the left protecting a fallen comrade. iv got an old mishaped silver roman coin, looks real to me but i wanna no if it is cos i wanna get it valued and sell it .. its says caesar augustus on the front with a picture of a head. 01 of 05. Fourées are even older than coinage itself – plated base metal bars have been found that were made to imitate ingots of precious metal used as currency before the introduction of coins. Ebay do NOTHING - they are apparently more interested in their sales fees than protecting the innocent buyer - but if enough people write, maybe they will shift their backsides now and again and do something about it. Chronological list.      This piece:  Domitian. We will speak of the "field" of the currency designating the smooth and unregistered part. Plated counterfeit coin of the Roman emperor Domitian (81-96 AD). Sometimes, when supplies of the smaller denomination coins were inadequate, unofficial production took place to make up the shortfall. Ebay is flooded with fakes lately. Visit other websites such as the ones mentioned on the main page to compare the coins you are thinking of buying, with genuine ones. Much of the coinage of Roman Britain was locally and unofficially produced. This includes any and all marks, scratches or other issues on the surface of the genuine coin. Imitations of Roman Republican denarii, by Phil Davis     This piece: Magnentius FELICITAS REIPVBLICE, Plated siliquae and solidi Coins of the 3rd or 4th century A.D. are the less faked. Most fakes are those of Constantine I and II, Licinius I and II, Constans, Constantius I and II, Valens, Jovian, Septimius Severus. Here’s how to protect yourself: Find a reputable coin dealer. It is illegal to sell fake coins in most countries without clearly describing them as such. Just about every type of common-ish bronze coin is now in circulation as a fake. Uncleaned coins are plentiful online and from collectors. When the copper breaks, the fraud is exposed, but this imitation was struck in such good style and with thick enough silver that it may have been years before the foil detached. Check the seller's name against the regularly updated. The fake antique coins, that is to say made in antiquity, also have a low weight, the diameter can be also. Sear 197. These roman coins come in various denominations, from the small as to the major denarius many of which feature the bust of the ruling emperor when the coin was first struck in history. Barbaric imitations (usually struck in 4th century Britain or Gaul) are not classed as fakes ! This piece: Constantine. 2)  Types of AD 330-340. Note that the images below are only a few samples of the old 2003-2004 fakes. Some counterfeits were made by casting and some ancient molds are still extant. If you see a fake coin on ebay, ricardo or yahoo auctions, write to the seller. Counterfeits that served to augment the supply of small change were struck in copper in (usually) crude imitation of official types. The blobs of green (much of which flakes off when you run your nail over it) - it is a fake "patina" or artificially generated verdigris. (One fake seller in Germany was raking in over 12,000 Euros a month selling fakes, until the police caught up with him). This piece: Claudius as, Other 1st and 2nd century AE imitations Fourrées: The Twelve Caesars     1) "endemic"  for regularly occurring counterfeits (e.g. Counterfeit coins were made for several reasons in the past. On Line Liquidators also known as "THE TORONTO GROUP" used many different eBay Id's and plagued eBay with fake ancient coins for about three years. Now i am not an expert in this field so any advice given here is appreiated.   Imitations of coins of emperors Postumus through Tetricus I and Tetricus II Two Roman Republican silver denarii from 103 BC. Counterfeits were especially prominent in several periods and places. Most of the fakes coins have the same thickness all over the coin. The palm which some Victories are holding look like a dumbell, soldiers on Fel Temps and Gloria Exercitus look as though they have been drawn by a 6-year old child. and on the back it says augusto 63ac . The one on the left is an ancient counterfeit with a copper-core silver-plated and then struck to make a convincing imitation of the genuine full-silver coin on the right. Two Roman Republican silver denarii from 103 BC. "A sample of a forged denarius is carefully examined and the adulterated coin is bought for more than the genuine ones.". These are usually recognizable by their peculiar-looking busts with a full eye, large noses and often garbled legends. Click on the links or images below to see more coins from each time period. The profit was in the substitution of cheap copper for expensive silver in the core of the coin. These fakes have become increasingly commonplace in the last few decades. 20-19 mm. The fakes were low … ? If you buy a cheap Roman coin (for less than 100 US dollars) there is a smaller chance that it is a fake. When you discuss with collectors you will speak of "legend" which is also called "titulature" to describe the words and abbreviations inscribed on the currency. If you have purchased some silver and can’t get rid of that little voice in your head that keeps saying what if they are fake silver coins …. Check the "look" of the coin against a reliable website such as Wildwinds, Ask the seller if it is genuine and whether he offers a refund if it turns out to be a fake.     This piece:  Augustus, Fourrés: The 2nd Century Go there and enter in the identification (for example, the name of the Roman emperor or the name of the Greek city) in the search box. 3.53 grams. We have a wide range of dealers selling Roman coins. The yellowish colour of the coin - they are made of copper and not of bronze The blobs of green (much of which flakes off when you run your nail over it) - it is a fake "patina" or artificially generated verdigris. Counterfeits made for profit and intended to deceive usually imitate silver coins (denarii) with pieces of much less intrinsic value. If anyone asks you what is the bust of the coin, he does not wait for you to give the name of … These military centres didn't keep much silver on hand for security reasons so struck bronze versions of denarii. The silver coin known as a Denarius became the most popular coin of the Roman Republic & later, the Roman Empire. Having said all that, some people collect fakes, so don't despair if you get one or two. A spectacular collection of ancient fourrees, by Aaron Emigh There is not a full-site search engine. And if you get a nice Fel Temp (fallen horseman type), I'd be happy to swap it with you for a couple of genuine coins :-). The term "imitation" is used for both, but is most appropriate for the second type where the imitations were more or less similar to official types, but not deceptive. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^, Roman Republican silver-plated coins See here for some molds ("moulds" in Britain) and a description of one way it was done. Apparently the Roman government was often not interested in providing all provinces with coins to facilitate small monetary transactions. Crawford 319/1. This site records their known eBay Id's and shows images of many of their known fakes. All rights reserved. Select one or more types of metal. Terms and links within this site. Also not classed as fakes are the (usually Severan) AE versions of denarii, which were struck officially in bronze at military mints along the "Limes" border (along the Danube frontier). You can only differentiate between a fake and real ancient Roman coin with the help of a test kit. This piece:  Constans. If you don't known this ancient coin forum, I highly recommend you join to learn more about known fakes of ancient coins. Constantinian (of five categories AD 307-360), 1) "Two Victories" type.     This piece:  Allectus, Fourth Century limes 2020, April 16: Septimius Severus fourré. New,  June 29, 2016: Many thumbnails replaced with larger images. Since then the fakers in Eastern Europe, notably Bulgaria are making extremely good fakes using a striking process and shifting them to western Europe using friends and family as mules, travelling unsearched and protected by the ridiculous, over-liberal, "we are all well-meaning brothers and sisters" EU laws, which means that when they arrive in e.g. If the seller refuses to stop the auction or change the description, write to the administrators of the auction site. This piece:  An unusual full-sized Constantius II imitation. "Barbarous radiates" of the Gallo-Roman empire (259-274) If you are new to the wonderful world of Roman coin collecting, and are thinking of buying coins on ebay, please use common sense. Germany, France or England, their luggage is not searched - hence the increase of fakes now being sold from addresses in these countries - often with the seller knowing full well that they are fakes but enjoying huge profits from the sales. The one link to Greek coins is at the end. The grenetis refers to the small dots around the coin (see photo). To avoid getting duped by an unscrupulous coin dealer or collector into unknowingly purchasing a counterfeit coin, there are a few basic techniques and tools that can help. Some coins seen to have been shaken in soot (black areas which stain your fingers and which wash off under running water). Under a plea agreement with Manhattan prosecutors, Ivy League surgeon Arnold-Peter Weiss The Manhattan District Attorney’s office returned $200,000 worth of ancient coins to the Greek government Monday. Brockage fourrées, by Aaron Emigh.      GLORIA EXERCITVS,   VRBS ROMA,   CONSTANTINOPOLIS,   mules. Greek fourree drachm of Byzantion in Thrace, Limes-falsa of the second and third centuries, Imitations of coins of emperors Postumus through Tetricus I and Tetricus II, Literature about ancient imitations, annotated. 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