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
augustuscoins.com/ed/imit/
Many of these are coins from that site. For a page with an annotated list of reference works on imitations, see here.


Recent, 2019, Feb. 4: Six second-century imitations, at the top

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.

TERMS:  Prices are in brackets: [$xx]. I accept PayPal and checks. Postage in the US is $2 for orders up to $25, 3 for orders up to $50, $4 for orders up to $100, and an additional $1 for each hundred thereafter. Usually $3 more to other countries.)  More-detailed terms of sale are here. 

Purple marks items that have sold and are no longer available.

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After we have agreed by e-mail that you have gotten the coin, you can pay by logging into your account and sending payment to my e-mail address above.

 

Recent Additions:

  [$29] Faustina Sr., wife of Antoninus Pius
3.29 grams. Fairly good silver.
DIVA FAV - STINA/AVGV-STA
BMC 417 (A.P.) plate 9.14 (3.34 grams)
When I bought this in 2002 the seller wrote
"possibly Bulgaria" for the provenance. 

 

 

   

[$39] 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.

 

 

[$29]  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]
Hadrian, 117-138                                                          
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" 

 

 

[$27] 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. 

 

 


[$23]
Trajan dupondius
AE24. 4:30. 9.34 grams. 
Weakly struck imitation dupondius (the crown is radiate). 
Radiate head of Trajan right, with many small letters, illegible. 
    /awkward figure left, legend ...TRPOT - COS IIII     [COS IIII was AD 101-2.] 
    /in exergue, S C with "S" highly irregular. 
This is not a "limes-falsa" as defined by Boon, because it is not a cast and it is heavy weight. He suggests heavy weight casts are of the Antonine period, but this is not a cast (in spite of the large number of tiny pits). Clearly, it is not cast from an offical coin.
It is very rare to find an imiation dupondius. 


 

 


Septimius Severus
Imitation: AR18-17. 11:30. 3.16 grams.                                                             
Crude style, but (fairly) good silver. This is not a silver-plated coin.
    [S]EVERVS - PIVS AVG, laureate head right
    Reverse legend retrograde!  Forward, it would read: PART MAX PM T[RP VIIII] as on the illustrated prototype 
Prototype: Sear 2.6323. RIC 176 page 114 (ends TRP VIIII). BMC (S&C) 385, page 232, plate 37.9 (TRP X).

[$35 SOLD]

 

Julia Domna
19 mm. 5:30.  3.12 grams. 
[$29]

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.

 

Septimius Severus
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]

 

 

 
 

Caracalla, 196-198-217
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]

 

 

  Caracalla, 196-198-217
  AE20-17. 2.18 grams. 6:30.
  Fourree core with no silvering remaining. 
  ANTONINVS PIVS AVG
  /PART MAX PONT TRP VIII
  Trophy and two captives.
  Prototype RIC 54a, of 201 AD. BMC 264, plate 33.10, of 201 AD.
  [$9]

 

 

 


   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.
   ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS 
    /SEVERII PII AVG FIL
   The prototype is RIC 45. 
   cf. Boon #45 in the 1974 article.
   [$18 for the pair]

 


Second Century Imitations:



HH  [$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]

 

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  [$13]  Hadrian travel series!
copper core. 17 mm. 7:00. 2.33 grams.                              

ASIA imitation 
    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]

 

 


HH
  [$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]

 

 

 

Third Century Imitations


Septimius Severus, 193-211 AD

 

[$9]  Geta
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. 
IVLIA AVGVSTA 
    /PVDICITIA 
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.

 

 
Caracalla 196-211-217

C
21 mm.  6:00.  3.58 grams.
Antoninianus
A hybid of a Caracalla obverse of 2-5-217 with an Elagabal reverse.
ANTONINVS PIVS [AVG GERM]
    /MARS VICTOR, Mars advancing right with spear and trophy over shoulder
Sear--.  RIC 306 page 258 (is probably the Paris specimen identified as false in BMC).  [$19, reduced to $13] Ants are not commonly found as fourrees.

 

 

 


Elagabal, 218-222

Elagabal imitation ant  
22 mm. 6:30. 4.45 grams.
Elagabalus 218-222. The antoninianus, characterized by the radiate crown, was first issued in AD 215 by Caracalla. it was, of course, counterfeited almost immediately, although not as frequently as the denarius.
IMP CAES ANTONINVS AVG
    /IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left with thundrbolt and sceptre, two standards in ground to right.
References:   A hybrid. The obverse legend is in BMC as AD 219 only. The reverse is of the following issue, Elagabal, BMC 138, p. 550, plate 87.18 (219-220).  Also, page 447, "unusual coins" (a) "false" has this reverse but a Caracalla obverse. The reverse type exists for Caracalla as an ant, RIC 301, p. 258. [$19, reduced to
$9]

 

 

 


MM

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:

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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]

 

 


[$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.

 



Trajan Decius

Trajan Decius.  21 mm. 12:00. 2.14 grams.
Remarkably thin fourre from very lateRare.
IMP [C M Q TRAI]ANVS DECIVS AVG 
    /DACIA, Dacia standing holding staff with "draco" military standard. 
Prototype: RIC 12b, page 121, "249-251".  AR22.  6:00.    [$15]

 

 


4th century imitations

Constantinian period imitations:

[Gone]

 




FEL TEMP REPARATIO

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JJ


Julian II
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 $15]


 



Magnentius


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Continue with Barbarous Radiates of the late 3rd century.