Was this probably a worthless copy?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by johnmilton, Jan 26, 2022.

  1. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    Sorry, bu I don’t have pictures.

    Last Saturday my local dealer asked me to look at a Higley Copper a women had brought to his shop. I determined that it was a copy, probably cast in white metal was a receding coat of copper.

    She also had what looked to be an antanarius (sp) in the style of the 250s. I could read “IMP” and could barely make out “CAESAR,” but the rest of the letters were just gibberish. They were also much smaller than any of the lettering that appears on the coins I have in my collection or have seen. The reverse had three figures, two large ones and a smaller one the the figure on the right was holding in his or her hand.

    I concluded that this was some sort of copy. Was that a reasonable assumption?
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  3. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    If it was from the 250's CAESAR would not be spelled out fully. Not having a pic makes it a difficult question, but probably not authentic I would suppose.
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  4. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    Definitely fakes. The weight is way too low, you can see casting bubbles on the obverse and on the reverse the soapy look is obvious. It’s also easy to see seams on the edge of the second coin, and the metal is wrong too.
  5. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Best laugh I've had all week. Thanks, Ocat! :hilarious::hilarious:

    Kudos though to the OP who made a valiant effort at describing the coin :D.
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  6. GinoLR

    GinoLR Well-Known Member

    You can put the coin in a bowl of sulphuric acid. If it bubbles and dissolves, it was an authentic one.
  7. Jims Coins

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  8. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    Did the reverse look anything like one of these?

    Carus denarius jpg version.jpg
    NEW COMBINED Diocletian Ant - Concordia.jpg
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  9. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    That reminds me of a method to make sure a witch is really a witch :)

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  10. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

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  11. RupertP

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  12. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    This one was not like that. It was more run together and the markings were not letters. They made no sense.

    It was also a large bust design, not like the one you displayed.
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