Daily dose of weird - Ancient counterfeit Constantine/Vota with incase lettering

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Finn235, Jul 7, 2021.

  1. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Scratching my head trying to think how this one was even made?

    Type is a Constantine the Great / VOT X MVLT XX but all of the lettering seems to be incuse!

    AE3 sized, 1.71g
    Counterfeit Constantine VOT X MVLT XX incuse lettering.jpg

    Note the incuse AVG on the obverse, and XX on the reverse.

    Let's see those counterfeits that aren't fooling anyone!
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  3. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Weird is right! Could it be a corroded design that flaked off, leaving only original surfaces of bits of the field? I've sometimes seen coins that looked like they were headed in this direction, though never so extreme...

    Not nearly as weird, but the fingers on this SA imitation are pretty funny:
    SA fingers.jpg
  4. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    An ancient imitation of Constantine Gloria Exercitus from Sri Lanka, I like how the engraver just scribbled some Latin looking letters!
  5. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Nice examples!

    @Severus Alexander were it not for the fingers, I would have thought that was an officially-produced Limes made from genuine dies!

    You raise an interesting point, although from the bronze coins I've seen that were chipping away, the surfaces never looked this smooth and clean.

    @JayAg47 - I really need to get a couple of those Sri Lanka imitations, as I collect both Indian and Roman Barbarous coins!
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