Fake Roman Republican Denarius
Enlargement of Obverse
Enlargement of Reverse
I believe this to be a modern fake of a Roman Republican denarius of Safra (also sometimes referred to as Spurius Afranius), ca 150 BC. Reference RSC Afrania 1, Sear (new) - 85, Syn-388, Crawford- 206/1.WEIGHT:
18.1 x 18.8 mm
Probably die struck but at a very low pressure
CHARACTERISTICS: I first noticed something was wrong because of the general look and feel not being ancient. It is not possible to illustrate this clearly on an image, but the flan is a little too flat, the metal does not have an aged look, and the feel is slightly soapy (a sign of casting). A closer examination showed the following features:
moderate to low
The look and feel of the coin is just wrong, and even if mixed in with a group of genuine denarii it would stand out as different. A dealer buying a very large group of coins might not notices it if he were in a hurry and not looking closely, but he would almost certainly spot it if he were taking any time over it. For the same reasons, an experienced collector will spot it fairly easily and there should be little danger to him. However, this type of fake was intended to fool, and an inexperienced collector will find it to be rather dangerous.
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