Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Paul Elliott, Feb 13, 2021.
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#4’s(Galba) fabric looks fairly ‘mushy’ too.
#1(Faustina) and #3(Galba) are a little more convincing, I’m getting a ‘Paduan’ vibe from those two, although the sloppiness of the legend on the reverse of #1 makes me take pause.
DISCLAIMER: I’m not an expert by any means, but I’ve looked at enough genuine coins, that my Spidey-sense tingles when something looks ‘off’.
I'm no expert either but I doubt you are wrong. When Spidey speaks, we should listen.
Agrippina - Bad cast copy
1st Galba - Style looks off, too weak and IMO the patina is too even
2nd Galba - Too mushy. Also a cast copy.
If genuine, these coins would be worth between about $500 - 2,000+ each
Although well-attested in the literature, with examples in the British Museum, BnF, and the national museums in Rome and Naples -- cited by Mattingly (BMCRE and RIC), Cohen (BnF), and Strack -- none have sold at auction in recent years (an acsearchinfo search for "Faustina 1114" comes up with nothing). No examples are to be found at Wildwinds or The Coin Project.
I am able to find only two other examples online -- the ANS specimen and the British Museum specimen, shown below.
The OP coin again:
Look at the flan shape of the OP coin and its relationship to the devices. now look at the ANS coin. EITHER THE OP COIN IS A CAST FAKE OF THE ANS SPECIMEN OR THEY ARE BOTH CAST FAKES. I wonder if the BM specimen was the exemplar for these fakes of if it's fake as well.
I enjoy good detective work.
Here is an example ‘Sold as a Paduan Medallion’ from a recent Roma auction:
E-Sale 67, 06-02-2020, Lot 1323
Diva Faustina I Æ Cast Paduan Medallion.
Diva Faustina I Æ Cast Paduan Medallion. Unknown maker, circa 1600-1900. DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right / AETERNITAS, Faustina seated left atop garlanded cart drawn by two lions; SC in exergue. 25.78g, 35mm, 6h.
Hammered For: £85
The OP coin
and a not-in-catalog copy for the person who could not have an ancient Pertinax Consecratio sestertius. I consider it better to reserve the term Paduan for types in Lawrence. Both sell in the market as better than 'fakes' but nowhere near the level of an original Cavino era Paduan.
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