WTS: A couple of nice Roman Republic bronze imitations from Italy

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  1. red_spork

    red_spork Triumvir monetalis Supporter

    Payment by PayPal F&F or add 3% for G&S. Free shipping in the USA, shipping at-cost outside of the USA. You can take both for $220, shipped in the USA

    $180 An excellent first century BC Italian imitation of a Roman Republic semis, which is an obverse die match to an example in the British Museum. Rome not only tolerated, but seemingly encouraged the minting of imitations like this by private individuals during the first century BC when the Rome Mint mostly stopped minting bronze between the Social War and the Imperatorial Period. Citizens needed bronze for small change, so a number of small, private mints throughout Italy minted a wonderful series of imitations in a variety of styles. This is one of the best examples I've ever seen and priced lower than the price after buyers fee at CNG over 8 years ago. Make sure to check out the video. The picture with the white background is CNG's from 2013.

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    Imitations of Roman Republic coinage, Italy, Æ Semis(5.96g, 21mm). 1st century B.C., Italian mint. Laureate head of Saturn right, S behind/Prow of galley right; above, S; to right, dolphin below, ROMA. Cf. Crawford, “Unoffical imitations and small change under the Roman Republic,” AIIN 29(1982), 66; cf. BMC RR(1910 ed) vol II, p. 588, 7 = BM 1906,1103.2817(same obverse die)

    Ex @stevex6 Collection, ex CNG e-auction 295, 1/30/2013, lot 368 at $162 + buyers fees

    $65 Another wonderful Italian imitation of a Roman Republic semis, this time with a foot(or perhaps just a backwards L?) above the prow. Sternberg, who previously sold this coin 21 years ago, thought this was some sort of unique official issue, however it is definitely an imitation. A bit rough, but excellent details and a type very rarely offered. Be sure to check out the video. The black and white photo at the end is from the Sternberg catalog
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    Imitations of Roman Republic coinage, Italy, Æ Semis(9.75g). 1st century B.C., Italian mint. Laureate head of Saturn right, S behind/Prow of galley right; above, foot facing left; below, ROMA. Cf. Crawford "Unofficial Imitations and small change under the Roman Republic," AIIN 29(1982), 67
    Ex Sternberg 35, 29 October 2000, 389
     
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