It's not a coin, but it is something that has been on my wishlist for a long time... Enter my newly acquired counterfeiters terracotta mold: Lucky me, indeed They show up in the marketplace every now and then, but not very often. I've seen a few on Catawiki and the likes, but passed on them, since I suspect they're notoriously easy to fake (making them is probably easier than baking a cake, even I can work out the recipe). So, unless you appreciate the subtle irony of owning a possibly forged forgery, you better make sure the seller is trustworthy. Naturally, when a few turned up in Roma's auction, I couldn't resist... Dies are (for good reasons) very rare indeed and highly sought after, and when they do turn up, they easily sell for 4-or even 5 digit sums. Not an option for a bottom-feeder or even a collector of average means. So this probably as close as most of us will ever get to collecting something related to ancient minting, other than the coins themselves. So, more than enough historical interest to justify a purchase. Plus, for some reason, I've always felt sympathy for (ancient) couterfeiters. (probably the part of me talking that secretely wanted to be a pirate instead of becoming a model citizen with a job, a house, a car and two children). Also, I think they are simply beautiful. Needless to say, I'm happy to be able to add it to my collection. Here's a link to a short article on terracotta molds: Ancient Roman Coin Molds (Moulds) (ancients.info) And some nice examples from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Category:Terracotta coin molds at the Department of Greek and Roman Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art - Wikimedia Commons I was actually lucky to get one at all (in all, there were five for sale), because I had forgotten to log on to the Roma site when the lots came up (yes, I'm that smart). I'll spare you the frenzied scrambling and %&##FF%&", but when I finally managed to log on just I managed to scoop up the last one. Some of them had both an obverse and reverse cast, but I'll happily settle for this one with the double Genio reverse. All in all, lucky me. All that remains now is to wait until it shows up on my doorstep. Meanwhile, I'll be on the lookout for a coin with a Genio reverse from ST ( Ticinum?). That should make a nice match... And were you lucky in today's auction? Do you have any terracotta molds want to share? Or anything else? I'd be happy to see it!