Marcus Aurelius “unpublished and unknown”

The auction house Nomos AG has recently listed this coin on auction (Estimate: 500 CHF). The lot was pointed out privately to me by an american collector who first had some suspects on it.

After I started this discussion on lamoneta, expert discussed and there was agreement it is likely a modern fake. The lot was withdrawn at the last minute.


Another recommended reading about dies production.

pic die

I share an interesting article by Clive Stannard, titled “EVALUATING THE MONETARY SUPPLY: WERE DIES REPRODUCED MECHANICALLY IN ANTIQUITY?”. The work deals with the production of dies in antiquity. By this reading you can also indirectly acquire interesting notions to understand how some kind of modern forgeries are made.

Download the article at this link: Stannard 2008b