Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by kevin McGonigal, May 28, 2020.
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there are examples from Rome and Antioch with this legend.
but is it silver? or could it be a white metal cast?
I checked Forgery Network and found this modern forgery:
The obverse is different, of course, but it does look like a reverse die match.
I have the coin in hand right now. As I look closely at the reverse the upper bar of the E on the word, AEQUITAS, seems weakly struck and slightly blurred on the fake coin but is quite crisp and clear on the coin in hand. Also the A of AVG on the coin in hand has a clear and well defined cross bar whereas the fake coin has a very ill defined cross bar. I don't really have that much into this coin but if I transfer it to my black box I need to be sure that it is fake. By the way I went to that site and the site has the reverse as AVGG (plural of AVGUSTUS) which is not the case with the coin itself. I am going to go out onto Forum Ancient coins for a look-see.
I like this reply better than your first reply because it is helpful and not merely dismissive.
Thanks for your input. As I am most anxious not to have more additions to my black box, I need to be more aware of the oddities you point out. I did check the Forum Ancient Coins and could not find a match to a known fake there. The question of the portrait is, indeed, a matter I am trying figure out, as it does not match the traditional image of Gordian, but it does appear that some of the portraits of the Antioch Mint are somewhat different from those of Rome. Could you be so kind as to amplify what you means by the "font isn't correct"? What would be the tip off that the font on this coin is somehow "off" from the norm? Thanks, I appreciate your input but if I, and others, are to become better at spotting fakes I need to know what "the font isn't correct" actually means and what I need to look for. Thanks, again.
If your coin were legitimate, it would be catalogued as RIC 177. If you go to Wildwinds you'll find 3 examples of RIC 177 to compare your coin to. Perhaps that will help.
Thanks. I will do that.
This is true, but this coin is from a distant mint early in the reign of Gordian III. Often people at the mints were told to prepare dies for the new emperor's coins before they had any idea what the emperor looked like. When this happened, they usually just modified the portrait of the preceding emperor or went with a generic portrait until a bust of the emperor arrived and they learned what he looked like.
I think that's why Kevin was asking about the OP.
I did go there and the RIC has three of these Aequitas reverses and the three facial images are pretty much the same as those from the Rome mint but as was mentioned above, if it was an early issue from Antioch it might have been done before they had a more accurate issue to work from. I am more concerned about the font not being correct as stated above and the one from the Forgery Network from the two other posters above. For the life of me I cannot determine what is iffy about the font.The Forum Ancient Coins fake website did not have the one like mine on it. Thanks for all the info being provided.
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