Ancient imitations

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  1. Tejas

    Tejas Well-Known Member

    I bought an interesting barbaric imitation of a Roman denarius. The coin was found in Chernovitskaya Oblast in Ukraine. Weight 3.46 gr, 18mm.
    A lot of imitations in gold and silver were produced in this region, far beyond the Roman borders, most likely by East Germanic people like the Goths.
    I like the fact that the horse has eight legs, just like Sleipnir the horse of Wodan/Odin.

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  3. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Eye of Horus

    That's a very interesting coin. Almost better than an "original" for its historical/cultural value.
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  4. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    That's a very interesting coin.

    The Romans, upon seeing this coin likely exclaimed "Oh my Goth!"

    Could the engraver's intention be to suggest another horse (a strange looking one at that) next to the one in front?
  5. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Is that near Chernobyl? We knew there would be problems from the radiation but we did not know it would time travel. :banghead:

    I wonder if the extra legs were to indicate the blur of running indicating the horse was not standing still.
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  6. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    Hallo Dirk, das ist ein feines Stück!!!

    I think that the 8-legged horse type had it´s origin in two horses next to each other. The germanic delators left away the second head and the biga that they found on the roman original because that only distracted from the character of Sleipnir that they wanted to see.

    Any suggestion which Emperor / reverse type might have inspired your coin?

    Here is my imitation of an Aureus, found in the adjacent Ternopil oblast:

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    IIII-IT — IIIIII - laureate and cuirassed bust of Diocletian or Maximian left.
    II — IISIII (the S reversed) - helmeted Roma seated left on throne with X beneath seat, holding Victory on extended right hand and resting on sceptre held in left.
    Aureus (gold plated over base metal core), irregular mint in western Ukraine, Chernvyakhov culture, Ternopil region, ca. 300-310 aD
    19,83 mm / 2,56 gr. / pierced in antiquity
    Oleg Anohin "Counterfeiting among barbarian tribes in the territory of modern Ukraine and Moldova. Catalog of barbaric imitations" (2015), Nr.87 (this coin illustrated)
    ex Savoca Numismatik 17th Blue auction (01.03.2019), lot 1894
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  7. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    The portrait sort of looks like an attempt to copy one of Caracalla.
  8. red_spork

    red_spork Triumvir monetalis

    I used to be very interested in collecting good silver imitations of Roman Republic denarii. I recently either sold or listed for sale all my silver imitations, but here are a few of my old favorites, probably both minted by Geto-Dacians in modern-day Romania. There were multiple groups minting these RR denarius imitations in the last half or maybe quarter of the first century BC so there is a lot of variation in style:
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  9. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing

    That is a VERY cool barbarous coin!
    I'm thinking Hadrian.
  10. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Just an alternative thought: perhaps it is a single galloping horse, and the multiple legs represents motion.

    Here are Celtic Imitations:

    Imitating Octavian-M. Porcius Cato AR quinarius 13.89 mm 1.29g imitating Octavian r blundered legend - Victory seated r patera Cr 343-462 R

    RR Anon AE Semis 211-207 BC Saturn S Prow ROMA Sear 766 Craw 56/3

    Makedon Philip II
    Celt Imit Philip II 2nd C BCE AR Drachm Zeus Horse pellet-in-annulet above Kugelwangel type- Danube Valley - Kostial 508 OTA 204
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  11. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    An interesting looking coin @Tejas. Sleipnir an 8-legged horse, who knew? Here's another Dacian imitation (left coin) - although it was sold to me as a T. Carisius imitation - I think it could be imitating Cn. Lentulus AR denarius (right coin) 76-75 BC (which, like this coin, has a rudder and not a cornucopia)
    Dacian imitation .jpg
    Dacian Imitative denarius on the left
    Cn. Lentulus; 76-75 BC, Denarius, on the right
    Obv: Genius of the Roman people right, GPR above
    Rev: EX SC divided by globe, rudder and scepter, CN LEN Q below
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  12. red_spork

    red_spork Triumvir monetalis

    This is actually an imitation from the Eravisci Celts rather than the Dacians. Because the Eravisci signed some of their coins and there are several published hoards from Hungary, they are some of the most well documented imitations of this period.
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  13. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    Thanks good to know and also for your post on the subject that I just looked up too.
  14. Broucheion

    Broucheion Well-Known Member

    Reverse looks like a witch on a broom. A Halloween coin.

    - Broucheion
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  15. Tejas

    Tejas Well-Known Member

    That is probably true. I have a gold imitation with an 8-legged horse, where a stylized biga is still visible. Of course, we will never know what the people who made and used the coin saw in the horse. Still, I think this piece is remarkable, because the celator apparently consciously decided to keep the 8 legs, despite omitting all traces of the biga and the second horse. So it may have meant something.
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