Ancient imitation coins (including fourres) for sale
Ancient imitations are genuinely ancient coins that were imitations in their day.
I have collected imitations very seriously for over thirty years. You can see my website on them at
Many of these are coins from that site. For a page with an annotated list of reference works on imitations, see here.
Recent: Sept. 15, 2017: Page updated. Fourres of Septimius Severus, Julia Domna, Geta, and Trajan Decius added. Fourrees of Vespasian and Domitian. (All in chronological order.)
June 1, 2017. Severan imitations: Geta, Caracalla, Julia Domna.
May 2, 5 very late Roman tiny imitations, at the top. Removed many sold coins.
Jan. 25, 2017. Prices reduced substantially on many coins.
If you might like a nice fourree, look at these ancient coins collected over many years.
Table of Contents of this page:
Roman Republican fourres (some are on the main page, too)
coins from Britain of Claudius who invaded and conquered Britain
Roman imperial imitations from the 2nd, and 3rd centuries.
AE imitations from the time of Constantine.
4th century imitations (FEL TEMP REPARATIO)
large AE2 4th century imitations of Constans and
imitations of Magnentius (including a large chi-rho), and
4th C. imitations with some wonderful overstrikes.
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[$5] Roman Republican
19 mm. 9:00. 2.26 grams.
77 BC. Satriena 1. P. Satrienus (Cr 388/1b)
Roma head right, XI[IX] behind
/she wolf left, ROMA above, P SATRIE in ex. [$9, reduced to $5]
[$19] Domitian. 18-17 mm. 2.25 grams. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP XI
IMP XXI COS XVII CENS PP, Minerva. RIC Domitian 168. Outstanding quality of engraving for a fourree. [$33, reduced to $19]
Second Century Imitations:
[$15] Hadrian, 117-138
20 mm fourree. 2.95 grams.
BMC 163, page 261, plate 50.5 for reerse. Obverse legend unlisted except close to some on p. 378 of "barbarous" types illustrated on plate 68, especially 68.9, 68.11 "Eastern (Antioch) or semi-barbarous(?) -- Paris and Vienna" Hil 169 of AD 120 issue 7 "52" is the reverse. [$25, reduced to $15]
[$13] Hadrian travel series!
copper core. 17 mm. 7:00. 2.33 grams.
HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP, laureate head right
/ASIA, Asia standing left, foot on prow
Prototype: AR19. 7:00. 3.18 grams.
Sear 1080. BMC 834, RIC 301. Stuck AD 134-138. [$25, reduced to $13]
[$14] Hadrian, 117-138
IMP CAESAR TRAIA HADRIANVS AV [sic]
19 mm, 2.15 grams.
PIETAS across field.
BMC 15, page 238, first issue, 117 AD, plate 46.8 for he reverse.
BMC p. 265 says there is a plated denarius in Paris with this obverse legend.
BMC p. 373 #1029 is also an imitation of this weight with similar obverse legend. [$27, reduced to $14]
[$12] Septimius Severus
19mm. 12:00. 2.69 grams.
Imitation with a thin surface-silvering, much like that seen on coins of Probus and Aurelian. Did the counterfeiters discover the technology first?
L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, laureate head right
/COS II PP, Victory advancing left with wreath and palm.
Prototype: BMC (S&C) 655-6 [not illustrated, 3.60 and 2.78 grams] p. 286. #657-9, plate 44.4 has COS III.
AE17. 6:30. 2.46 grams.
Base metal cast of /PRINC IVVENTVTIS. The signs of the edge seam could easily escape detection. The metal gives it away.
[$9] Julia Domna
19 mm. 12:00. 2.78 grams.
Dark metal cast. Note the official style, which is typical of casts.
Prototype: RIC 576, page 170. BMC 613-616, page 278, "Eastern mint," plate 43.4.
Also BMC 72-74 at Rome. Plates 28.16 and 28.17 have fewer hair ridges. 28.17 is called "base?" for being 2.49 grams.
The same type was issued at Rome, but is "R2" there according to Hill #701.
22 mm. 6:00. 4.34 grams.
Elagabalus, 218-222. Excellent portrait and lettering on obverse/reverse silvering mostly gone.
Another one of the same type!
IMP CAES ANTONINVS AVG/radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right
/IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left holding thunderbolt, eagle at feet, two standards to right.
A hybrid with prototypes BMC 138 for the reverse, but with an obverse legend from the following period: IMP ANTONINVS AVG. See plate 87.18.
Also, RIC 90 for the reverse. [$19, reduced to $9]
Severus Alexander (AD 222-235)
19-18 mm. 12:00
The style looks official, but the design is quite weak and the silver break (at the back of the head) does not show a distinct silver "foil," but the silver is rather thick.
IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate, draped, head right
/PM TRP VI COS II PP, Aequitas holding balnance and cornucopiae.
This is an official type of AD 227 (RIC 64, page 75). I wonder if this imitation was cast in base metal from a genuine piece and somehow surface silvered afterwards? It needs more study. [$19, reduced to $13]
Glossy dark imitation. Possibly cast, although the edges do not show any signs of it. The lettering, though, is not crisp.
AE18. 6:00. 2.47 grams.
IMP C M AVR SEV-ALEXAND AVG
/PM TRP VII COS II PP, Romulus or Mars (or emperor) advancing right with spear in right hand and trophy over left shoulder.
Prototype here: AR20. 6:30. RIC 82 "later part of 228". Sear 2227. BMC 507, issue 9, late 228. [$15, reduced to $10]
AE 18. 3.02 grams. 12:00.
Struck, but with no remaining silver.
MARS VLTOR Mars walking right holding spear and shield
BMC 831 for prototype.
"issue 15, 232 AD" Very nice for type. [$17, reduced to $14]
Maximinus I, Thrax. 235-238
18 mm. 2.00 grams. PROVIDENTIA AVG
prototype RIC 13, first legend, March 235 - Jan 236.
Glossy gray metal. Unusual and good condition for this type of metal [$29, reduced to $19]
Gordian III, 238-244. Imitations are not common this late:
Gordian III, 238-244, imitations. (Gordian III is late for imitations; the originals did not have high silver content to begin with, so there was less profit to be made.)
Top row, left: SAECVLI FELICITAS, 23-21mm/ RIC 21b prototype [$33, reduced to $19]
Top row, right: ROMAE AETERNAE, most silver [$33, reduced to $19]
Row 2, left: base black/green metal. MARTVEM PROPVGNATOREM, RIC 147 [$22, reduced to $17]
Row 2, right: fourre core with no silver left, tiny penetrating hole at 2:00/4:00. PM TRP III COS II PP. RIC 87 prototype, dated 241 AD. [$22, reduced to $17]
Gordian III denarius!
Why fake a denarius? Surely there is more profit in faking an antoninianus!
Nevertheless, here is one.
Laureate! Imitation denarius, with thin lighter metal on some of the surface, and its prototype. As on one of the radiates above, the imitation does not look like the usual silver-foil plating of fourrés, so I suspect it is done using the technology of the later radiates under emperors such as Aurelian and Probus.
18-16 mm. 12:00. 2.62 grams.
IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG
/AETERNITATI AVG, Sol standing left raising right hand and holding globe
Prototype: RIC 111, "fourth issue, 241-3". AR21-19, 12:00. [$35, reduced to $29]
[$19] Trajan Decius.
19-18 mm. 6:00. 2.16 grams
Hybrid. Distinctly small. Little silver remains, but clearly fourree.
IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG
/VIRTVS AVGG, Virtus standing right holding vertical spear behind
Reverse type of Philip II or Trebonianus Gallus, but not Decius.
Prier IV (6/26/1998) lot 310 was from the same dies, and the same size. It was a very similar coin but for the weight.
Very late for a fourree.
The famous "bull" type
AE23-20. 5.62 grams. Bastien ANSMN 30 (1985) type of #50.
Imitations of this type are "relatively rare" according to Bastien. [$25, reduced to $17]
Moved the page with coins of Magnentius
Continue with Barbarous Radiates of the late 3rd century.