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:  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.

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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 [$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]
very corroded

 

 

[$19]  Vespasian. 18 mm. 2.44 grams. Good obverse with poor reverse. TR POT ...  The obverse shows how convincing a fourree could have been.
IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG reading counterclockwise outwards. [$35, reduced to $19]

 



[$17] Domitian. 19 mm. 2.46 grams. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP XII
        IMP XXII COS XVI [CENS PPP] Minerva. prototype BMC 205, RIC 177, or 92/3 AD.  [$33, reduced to $17]

 

 

[$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:




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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[$11] Hadrian, 117-138 AD.  19 mm. 2.19 grams.
prototype sturck 119-125 AD.
PM TRP COS III
Concordia seated left with patera
BMC 165, plagte 50.6
ex Kevin Barry website, May 2000.  [$19, reduced to $11]

 

 

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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

 

[$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.

 

 

 

[$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]

 

 

 

Elagabal ant 
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)
imitation Severus Alexander

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]

 

 

 


Severus Alexander 
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]

 

 


SASA

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]

 

 


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]

 

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.

 



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:


  green patina ISIS  
/in exergue: I S IS .., for Siscia
   AE18.  6:00
Green patina.
Legend mostly I's, some O's. [$14, reduced to $6
] "Two victories" type

2
AE17.  12:00.  2.92 grams
Legend of O's, C, and weak N-like letters.
    /legend much corroded. Victories very well engraved.
    Possibly "SIS" in exergue   [$19, 
reduced to $9]
ex Alan Berman, Spring ANA, Salt Lake City, 3/8/2011

2
AE17.  7:00.  2.84 grams
Legend mostly I's, with Y's and O's too. [$25, reduced to $15]
    /Three dots in exergue   ex Berk at the Philadelphia ANA, 8/9/2000 who said it was "possibly from Slovakia"




2
AE17-15. 9:00.
Legend of I I I I...
    /exergue has pseudo mintmark with omega-like forms  [$12, reduced to $7]

ex Berman, NYI, 6/11/1994



FEL TEMP REPARATIO

LR
Late Roman imitations: All small AE4s.
A group of 4 from c. 400 AD with SALVS REIPVBLICAE or VICTORIA reverses. [$9, reduced to $6 
for the group.] The first one is Theodosius, possibly official. The other three are cruder.


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 $17]

 



Magnentius


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