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Old Aug 28, 2007, 06:03 PM   #1
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Aureus of Phillip II

Found by a detectorist yesterday in the same field I was searching.
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Old Aug 28, 2007, 06:14 PM   #2
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Wow.

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Old Aug 28, 2007, 06:36 PM   #3
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Looks very like this modern fake from the Forvm Fake Reports, unfortunately.

The captive at Philip's feet on reverse is missing on the Forvm specimen, but the dies on both sides appear to be the same.
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Old Sep 7, 2007, 11:54 PM   #4
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If this is a fake, it really is unfortunate.

What I wonder about stories like this, though, is how did the modern fake get into the ground? Was it planted by a troublemaker one day?

If we know for a fact the detectorist did dig this up out of the ground, that seems to be the only explanation I can see.

Please excuse my possible ignorance on this subject, I am not familiar with metal detecting at all, and especially with coin hunting.
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Old Sep 8, 2007, 01:17 AM   #5
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If it wasn't gold (is it?) it could have been planted there, such stories have been common
in the short time I've been in coin collecting. But a fake aureus made of good gold is too valuable for that.
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Old Sep 8, 2007, 06:33 PM   #6
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Well the event was run near st Albans and there were around 150 detectorists. The coin was said to be found at the rally and shown to the local museum who were at the rally so I would think that would be risky if they knew it was fake as the British Museum will sure to be wanting to buy it. I was told that one has not been dug up for 15 years in England. This was the picture taken at the rally thats why it is not in good focus.
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