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.
If you might like a nice fourree, look at these ancient coins collected over many years--mostly in the 1990s.
2020, Nov. 1: Limes-Falshung dupondius.
Oct. 14: Three remarkable Domitian denarii, likely ancient imitations.
Oct. 8, 2019: All prices reduced on this page.
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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Very rare "limes-falshung"
Marcus Aurelius cast dupondius imitation.
AE21. 4.38 grams.
M ANTONINVS [AVG GERM SARM]
\ thunderbolt (If it has a legend, it is too weak to identify.)
Sear 2.5035. BMC 1641, page 666, plate 88.12. That coin has reverse legend IMP VIIII COS III PP. (176/7 AD).
Maybe I missed one or more, but I don't recall seeing any AE limes dupondii other than this one in the last 20 years. It comes from the Balkans.
We see many "limes" denarii offered, but the original meaning of "limes" was for imitations of AE types. See Boon's important article on my page here. None of the "limes" pieces on vcoins are asses or dupondii. Not classically attractive, but historical interesting and is very difficult to find any comparable coin. [$59 SOLD]
[$29, reduced to $25] Hadrian, 117-138
18 mm. 3:00.
/FORT RED, Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopiae
/PONT MAX ... COS II
IMP CAESAR TRAIANV HADRIAN (some letters crude)
Prototype: RIC --, cf. 41 of AD 118, similar obverse , that reverse with "PONT MAX"
BMC --, cf. plate 48.6 in gold. "PONT MAX" is on AE, not AR or AV.
[$29, reduced to $25]
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
/PM TRP COS III, Victory right holding trophy forward
plated piece: 19 mm. 6:00. 2.53 grams
Prototype: RIC 101 "AD 119-122", BMC 212, plate 51.1. Hill 237 "AD 123"
[$15, reduced to $12] 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]
[$14, reduced to $9] 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 $9]
[$39, reduced to $33 SOLD] Antoninus Pius 138-161.
AR18, fully silvered, but possibly fourree. 12:00. 3.22 grams.
Note the bump at 3:00 on the rim of the obverse which looks like metal bubbling up above copper beneath.
Perhaps it is not a fourree, but I don't know how to explain the bump if it is not.
The prototype is Sear 2.4075. BMC 668 plate 14.9 (3.26 grams) page 96.
[$27, reduced to $23] Commodus, 177-192
18-17 mm. 6:00. 2.33 grams
M COMMODVS ANTON AVG PIVS
/PM TRP XIII IMP VIII COS V PP
Aequitas standing, head left, holding scales and cornucopia
Hybrid: RIC -- but reverseof RIC 164, Dec. 187 - Dec. 188. Obverse of AD 183-185
BMC --. Obverse of Dec. 183 - Dec. 185/BMC 242, page 733, plate 97.1. For obverse legend see plate 93.11-19.
Commodus is uncommon as a fourree.
18mm. 6:00. 2.55 grams.
gray metal. Cast - edge seem visible from side. Rough surface.
SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right
/PM TRP XV - COS III PP, Winged Victory right, naked to waist, writing on round shield, set on palm tree, left foot on helmet.
Prototype: BMC 536, p. 263 (AD 207) plate 41.13. RIC 211, p. 118, plate 6.18 "C". Hill 915, p. 25 "C2" (Victory in Africa).
[$19, reduced to $16 SOLD]
19 mm. 5:30. 3.12 grams.
[$29, reduced to $25 SOLD]
Hybrid of not-quite official style.
The obverse legend exists only under Cacacalla's sole reign (211-217), but the reverse belongs to the period 196-211.
IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG
/FORTVNAE FELICI, Felicitas standing left holding cornucopia, resting left on rudder
Sear 1837 var. RIC -- but 552 has this reverse with IVLIA AVGVSTA, page 167, plate 9.5 "196-211"
BMC (S&C) reverse of 24, plate 27.12 (3.62 grams).
Under microscopic examination the surface shows a very thin layer of silver over copper -- but not the appearance of a foil sheet. The surface seems different from that of a typical Republican silver-plated denarius.
19 mm. 5:30. 3.50 grams bold strike hybrid
ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT
/IOVI CONSERVAT, crude Jupiter standing left holding (crooked) thunderbolt and long sceptre
RIC does not have this reverse for Caracalla or Septimius Severus. The reverse exists for Macrinus (AD 217-218). Elagabal has this reverse legend, but always has standards. Severus Alexander BMC 57 (of AD 222) is quite similar and is the probable prototype. The "BRIT" termination is attributed to AD 210-213.
[$22, reduced to $19 SOLD]
A pair of cast Caracalla imitations from the same seed coin,
acquired from different sources six years apart!
Both 16 mm. 2.37 and 2.24 grams.
/SEVERII PII AVG FIL
The prototype is RIC 45.
cf. Boon #45 in the 1974 article.
[$18 for the remarkable pair]
[$29] 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
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.) I once met an Gordian II specialist at an International Congress in London and he didn't even realize there were ancient imitations of Gordian III, they are that unusual.
Top row, left: SAECVLI FELICITAS, 23-21mm/ 3.30 grams. RIC 21b prototype [$33, reduced to $25 SOLD]
Top row, right: ROMAE AETERNAE, 21-20 mm. 3.52 grams. Most silver [$33, reduced to $27 SOLD]
Row 2, left: base black/green metal. MARTVEM PROPVGNATOREM, 24-22 mm. 3.84 grams. RIC 147 [$25 SOLD]
Row 2, right: fourre core with no silver left, tiny penetrating hole at 2:00/4:00. 22 mm. 2.85 grams. PM TRP III COS II PP. RIC 87 prototype, dated 241 AD. [$25 SOLD]
[$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]
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