Genuine Nero Denarius?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by EdChancellor, Jan 26, 2020.

  1. EdChancellor

    EdChancellor New Member

    Hi all! I know this is quite a commonly faked Nero type, so just wondered what other people's thoughts are on it before I put in an offer? Real or fake?

    Thanks, Ed

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  3. Roerbakmix

    Roerbakmix Well-Known Member

    I would be very cautious. The legends are soapy, and there the surface looks pitted - both indications of casting
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  4. EdChancellor

    EdChancellor New Member

    Thanks a lot, will avoid :)
  5. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    I think its genuine Ed, althoug worn.
    Who's the seller ? weight and diameter please.

    nero 1 vz.jpg
  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    It looks typical of many Nero denarii, so I am with @Andres2. I believe it to be genuine, but weight would be most helpful.
  7. EdChancellor

    EdChancellor New Member

    The seller is called nrp3000 and they havent given a weight and diameter in their listing (another reason I'm a bit wary)
  8. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    It looks like it could be genuine, but there is no way I would buy it from just the photo alone. I'd want to see it in hand first.
  9. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    It's a seller you don't know. There isn't enough info to make a decision. You're having misgivings. I wouldn't buy it.

    It's not like Nero denarii are rare if you're not in the market for a specific type. They are pricey only because there is a much higher demand for them than for antoniniani of Volusian or Faustina I. On any given day the well-heeled collector could buy a hundred of them. No exaggeration.

    You'll never be happy with this coin. Save your money and watch auctions and v-coins. You'll find one you can be happy with if you're patient.
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  10. EdChancellor

    EdChancellor New Member

    Thanks for the advice everyone! Since I'm here, I wonder if there are any denarius sellers you might recommend? :)
  11. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Lots of them. This is just a partial list of retail dealers I trust and in no particular order. Many (but not all) will have coins of Nero in stock at any time:

    Incitatus Coins
    Marc Breitsprecher, Classical Numismatist
    Victors Imperial Coins
    Forum Ancient Coins
    London Ancient Coins
    Athena Numismatics
    Romae Aeternae Numismatics
    Ken Dorney
    Sphinx Numismatics

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  12. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..looks legit to me..maybe a little porus...i've got one like it...maybe even a a die match..mines 2.95 gms and 17 mm.. Nero's 002.JPG Nero's 004.JPG
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  13. AngelDeath

    AngelDeath Well-Known Member

    They are getting better and better at faking AGE... and with certain venues almost encouraging the sale of forgeries "buyer beware" has to kick in with any doubt unless you are a gambler.

    Making a living faking a $50 coin would seem unlikely, but like Josey Wales said "dying aint much of a living" They are out there ...I bought a $20 Trajan denarius
    that I didn't look at it real close(because he is so common) later found out under magnification that it was cast. I was shocked!
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