Constans as Ceasar

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  1. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    333-334 AD
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    Best pics I can get. It's a very nice looking coin in hand.
     
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Looks like a modern fake.
     
  4. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Well-Known Member

    Looks like I need new glasses...
     
  5. maridvnvm

    maridvnvm Well-Known Member

    A fake of a denarius of Elagabalus.
     
  6. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Just a guy making his way in the universe

    The coin says IMP ANTONINVS AVG so it is not Constans.
     
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  7. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    It is a fake.
     
  8. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Better photos?
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    Other than blurry photos what makes you think it's a fake? I bought a small lot through a dealer and this was in the lot. I posted a few other ancients but I don't trust the sellers attributes.
     
  9. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Here is a page of genuine examples of your coin:
    http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/sear5/s7551.t.html

    - Your coin has no border around the legend
    - The lettering is off. Severan era denarii have heavy serifs on every letter of the legend
    - The portrait style is off; it's too realistic compared to genuine portraits of this emperor, and doesn't look like him very much.
    - The surface of the coin is far too smooth and looks like freshly struck silver, not silver that has spent 1800 years underground. Genuine uncirculated examples clean better than this coin, and have a frosty cameo appearance.

    Hope that helps! We've all been burned by fakes, so don't feel bad!
     
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  10. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    No single point made above guarantee this is a fake but four together leave no doubt. Below are two different coins of the general type for comparison. Both of these are from an Eastern mint which adds a bit to their strange look to eyes accustomed to the Rome mint which I lack.
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    The links below show Rome mint coins. In each case there are differences and similarities but all these are genuine and ancient. Ancient coins are not all exact duplicates in the same way your signature varies from example to example. They are different but share characteristics.
    https://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=17143
    https://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=46829
     
  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Thank you. I bought a small group of coins through a dealer and had no contact with the seller. This was one of those coins so no harm done at $5.00 a coin.

    Now I have my first ancient fake! :)
     
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  12. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Thank you!
     
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