Oh my… they are all forgeries!


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I just realized all these samples of gold solidus of Constantine I are forgeries, struck by modern dies.

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Constantine I, Solidus, Treveri 310-313, AV 4.46 g. CONSTAN – TINVS P F AVG Laureate head r. Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI Aquila between two standards; in exergue, PTR. C 556. RIC 815. Alföldi 507. Depeyrot 17/9.

NAC 54-613: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=758841

Gorny 159-474: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=404596

Hess Divo 317-915: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=875590

Beware collectors, another sample of this forgery is currently for sale (5100 Eur) on the ebay store of a British fakes seller (ancientr), item No. 272187233654

The dies have been recently published by Dr. Ilya Prokopov on “COUNTERFEITS OF ROMAN AND BYZANTINE GOLD COINS – Revealing the secret of how they are made.” (Sofia, 2015), p.32, No.3.

Citing: “Specific features: Obverse – smudged letters on 9h (PF); Reverse – short positive line between the letter P and border of dots on 2,5h.

Dr Prokopov published as sample of struck forgery the NAC specimen, but tonight I realized that also the other samples from acsearch are all fakes.

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Constantine I solidus RIC 815 Gorny 159-474Constantine I solidus RIC 815 Hess Divo 317-915Constantine I solidus RIC 815 NAC 54-613

IMHO the fourth and last sample from acsearch could be the genuine prototype inspiring the forger: Auctiones GmbH E27, lot 59: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=2026414

This is the one for sale on the bay (4.3 g, 17-18 mm):

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