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Small Constantine Coin - I Think It's Fake .

 
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 Posted 07/29/2021  03:30 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add SydneyG to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello folks,

I would be grateful for your thoughts on the coin in the image. I inherited this in a collection in the 1970s. Where it came from before that, I do not know. It sticks out as it seems to have some gold-coloured stuff on outside, though I'm pretty sure it's not really a gold coin.

I know little or nothing about Roman coins, but to me it seems fake. I don't know what the coin is (or is meant to be), and would very much appreciate an identification also please. I imagine the identification would be a key to knowing whether it was a coin worthy of being faked?

Update to post: I think this is perhaps a Follis?

If it's real, I propose to let it take its chances in an auction on eBay, but if its fake I would feel inclined destroy it rather than let someone potentially be duped by it.

Best wishes to you all,

Sydney

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07/29/2021 04:21 am
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 Posted 07/29/2021  03:45 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A little worse for ware, but appears genuine IMO.
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 Posted 07/29/2021  05:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add erafjel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These coins are sometimes called follis, and this one shows emperor Constantine the Great. It is from sometime 320-324 AD. Below the wreath (bottom of left picture) there could be "P*" which points to it being minted in Arles, France/Gaul (not 100 %sure about that though). Coins of that type (there are varieties) are described here: http://numismatics.org/ocre/id/ric.....252?lang=en

The gold coloring is a bit weird, but I see no reason to think it is fake.
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 Posted 07/29/2021  06:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This looks real to me. I'm no expert, so I can't be sure, but IIRC those coins aren't particularly rare anyway (and thus not worth faking).

As for the gold stuff, to be honest my first guess is that someone painted it gold. Not sure when, or why; maybe in ancient times, hoping to pass it off as a gold coin.
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 Posted 07/29/2021  7:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Coin looks good to me!....Desert patina!
Nice looking coin! If you are more interested in the exergue legend maybe a very slight cleaning is needed (very slight!)
just to reveal the letters
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 Posted 07/29/2021  10:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks genuine to me.
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 Posted 07/30/2021  02:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree with Palouche. - The yellowish (not golden coloring) is known as a 'desert patina'.

I have seen lots of similar genuine coins, just like this one, = this one OK.
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 Posted 07/30/2021  06:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SydneyG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@echizento @rafjel @january1may @Palouche @Oldfordman @sel_69l

Thank you all so much for your kind responses.

I think it was the gold-effect that troubled me making me think it was some sort of replica, but then as it seems not to be that un-common - if replicas were to be made they would be made to look like a coin in better condition than this one!

I will list it on eBay in due course and see what happens.

Best wishes to you all.
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