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: August 7: Ancient imitations, at the top.
August 2, 2018: Geta, four Caracalla, and Julia Domna 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.
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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).
19 mm. 5:30. 3.12 grams.
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.
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).
Geta. Cast. Like most casts, it is slightly smaller than its prototype. Although clearly cast from an official original, the edge shows no obvious seam. Black, with no signs of silver. One point on the edge shows copper color (not visible on the scan).
L SEPTIMIVS - GETA CAES, bare head right, draped and cuirtassed bust, seen slightly from the rear
/[SEVERI PII] AVG FIL, priestly implements
This is an imitation of Geta's first issue which was struck with the praenomen "Lucius" (note the "L"). His name was soon changed to "Publius" and a great majority of his coins have his initial "P" (e.g. the next coin).
For the change from "L" to "P", see the Celator, "Coinage of Geta exhibits varied portraiture," March 1997, pp.40-41 and the website: http://augustuscoins.com/ed/Geta/
Prototype: RIC Geta 3 "S" page 314. Struck 198-200. Hill 377, "199".
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.
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.
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 pair]
Julia Domna. Imitation: Cast, no traces of silvering. 18-16 mm. 6:00. 2.60 grams.
Unusually brassy. Most casts are in base gray metal.
/PIETAS AVGG, Pietas standing left, sacrificing at altar
References: Prototype is RIC (SS) 572, plate 9.8 "196-211". BMC (S&C) 62, "196-211" plate 28.13.
I don't know what the counterfeiters did to make a cast piece like this have a silver surface that could be deceptive. It cannot properly be called the core of a fourrée because it was not struck with silver plating.
An interesting coin. [$16 SOLD]
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]
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 SOLD]
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 $12 SOLD]
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 SOLD]
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 $27 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.
4th century imitations
Constantinian period imitations:
AE17. 7:00. 2.84 grams
Legend mostly I's, with Y's and O's too. [$25, reduced to $17 SOLD]
/Three dots in exergue ex Berk at the Philadelphia ANA, 8/9/2000 who said it was "possibly from Slovakia"
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]
Moved the page with coins of Magnentius
Continue with Barbarous Radiates of the late 3rd century.