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Old Mar 18, 2009, 08:14 AM   #1
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Fake Hadrian Minerva Denarius

Unlike the Aegyptos "eastern" denarius, which is pressed, here is a cast fake Hadrian denarius.



Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Minerva seated left on cuirass and shield, Victory in right hand, cornucopiae in left
17mm x 19mm, 2.74g
RIC II, 333 (Rome); Strack 41
Ex Serbitar Classical Art, eBay, March 2006

Note: Modern forgery as discovered in December 2008 (see twin below).



Hadrian, AR Denarius, 128-129 (?), Undetermined Eastern Mint
HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right
COS-III
Minerva seated left on cuirass and shield, Victory in right hand, cornucopiae in left
?mm, 2.61g
RIC II, 333 (Rome); Strack 41
Ex Gorny & Mosch, Auction 147, Lot 2135, March 2006
Image courtesy Wayne Kimber Collection, December 2008

Note: Modern forgery. Note this specimen and the previous are identical with exception to slight wear. The flan shape, flan edge flaws, bumps and scratches are all the same on both pieces. Wayne Kimber notes the style is very similar to Strack 41. Perhaps it is the seed for these forgeries? The coins in hand are very deceiving with no immediately obvious evidence of being cast. The surfaces are just slightly grainy on my specimen. Although now that I know for certain it's cast, mine is too mushy for being struck and the "corrosion spots" on the portrait are casting voids.

Both pieces are currently in the hands of Rob Freeman of Freeman & Sear as he wanted to see them both together. I'll probably pick mine up from Rob at CICF next month.

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Old Mar 18, 2009, 09:26 AM   #2
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In the pictures the upper coin appears like it has been lightly sand blasted with very fine grain particles to create that grainy look.

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Old Mar 18, 2009, 09:58 AM   #3
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Looks to be pretty much indetectable without the twin duplicate!
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Old Mar 18, 2009, 11:26 AM   #4
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Looks to be pretty much indetectable without the twin duplicate!
Curtis,

Yep - been in my collection since I won it on eBay in 2006

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Old Mar 18, 2009, 04:35 PM   #5
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I have had the GM one since 2006 and it wasn't until I saw the 2 up side by side on the web site that I had concerns.
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