Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Exodus_gear, Jan 21, 2020.
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Oh nice that's even better, I know mine is not in the best condition but glad to know they were made slivered. Get to learn and research something new to me. Many thanks
Gallienus, joint reign with his father Valerian (253-260 CE; issued 256 or later). Fourrée antoninianus. Obv: GALLIENVS PF AVG, Radiate, cuirassed, and draped bust right. Rev: PROVIDENTIA AVGG, Providentia standing slightly left, holding wand over globe at her feet, and cornucopiae. 2.95g 20.5-22mm
At this time the official antoniniani would have been composed of maybe 15-20% silver – not much different from a fourrée already! I guess plated counterfeits could have been barely profitable if skillfully made with a very thin foil, but one would expect them to be rare. After 260 there was so little silver that such counterfeits would have been pointless and impossible.
That is a nice one! I picked out a Maximinus Thrax fourrée out of a junk bin last year. It is also a mule and has an reverse that wasn't produced on official coinage. I will see if I can pull up a picture when I get home from work, if anyone cares. I've posted it before too I think.
I think it goes without saying that we do care and would love to see it, @furryfrog02!!
Denarius Forgery Fouree
Obverse: Maximinus I obverse, IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG
Reverse: Severus Alexander reverse, P M TR P VI COS II PP, Aequitas standing left with scales and cornucopiae
On the other hand I always felt the Decius had die work a bit better than the usual official coins. Before the plating broke, would it fool many? I believe this reverse was first used by Decius. The first fourrees were made the day after the first coins. Their makers must have been an interesting group of characters. Rather than another movie showing us the evils of emperors, I'd like to see a biography of a Roman counterfeiter.
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