Divus Antoninus Pius AE Sestertius

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Steven Michael Gardner, Apr 8, 2020.

  1. Steven Michael Gardner

    Steven Michael Gardner Active Member

    I don't suppose that genuine ancient AE Sestertius were made from copper?
    I'm looking at this one which clearly shows some copper color metal
    showing through a very dark patina on some high points, this is a coin
    I have at home which weighs 29.2gm size is 34.5mm
    What feeling does one get when analyzing this coin???
    Antoninus Pius AE Sestertius, commemorative by Aurelius. DIVVS ANTONINVS, bare head right / DIVO PIO, Column of Antoninus, surmounted by statue of the emperor. RIC 1269 [Aurelius], Cohen 354. BMC 880
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  3. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    Hummmm...some examples VERY similar to yours were sold not so long ago as "Museum quality historical replicas".


    FORVM fake coins report

    The 2 specimen above look like casted. This one is pressed :

    Forgery Network
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2020
  4. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Interesting, if troubling. Lot's of fakes out there.

    Mine is very worn, with a convincing patina, so I think it is genuine. Heck if I know for sure. Note this one has a continuous legend on the obverse:

    Antoninus Pius Posthum Column Oct 18 (0).jpg

    Antoninus Pius Æ Sestertius
    Posthumous Issue
    (died 161 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    DIVVS ANTO[NINVS], bare head right / [DIVO PIO], Column of Antoninus, -C.
    RIC 1269 (Marcus Aurelius); BMCRE 880 (Marcus Aurelius); Cohen 354.
    (20.83 grams / 30 mm)
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  5. Johnnie Black

    Johnnie Black Neither Gentleman Nor Scholar Supporter

    Where did you obtain it?
  6. Steven Michael Gardner

    Steven Michael Gardner Active Member

    Well, Thank you all again, I am 99.999% sure the AE Sestertius I posted at the start of this exciting exploration, IS a Museum quality replica, my thanks to those who posted the samples of the other replicas, one this I am very adept at is Photoshop,
    so I have done this before and I am going to try to upload an example of an overlay
    I did so hopefully that all can somewhat get the idea what a match this is...
    I used the lighter golden replica sample in an previous post, gave it a 50% opacity and laid it on top of my darker replica coin, so you can see through the lighter coin at the exact match to which is underneath, everything matches, the image, lettering & dots around the edge are a perfect match... the circular circumference
    is off somewhat but that is a non factor, the pressed image came from the same die! Things are even more noticeable when one can click on & off of the overlayed coin, however I am unable to show that for you...
    Thanks for all opinions and uploading the Fake coin photos for me to work with!
    Sincerely Steven
  7. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Well-Known Member

    Here is my super low end example... but real..

    Last edited: Apr 9, 2020
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