Author Topic: Is this a fake? Roman coin souvenir?  (Read 4154 times)

Offline krango41

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Is this a fake? Roman coin souvenir?
« on: May 18, 2011, 01:44:30 PM »
Hiya all i was out walking the dog in the park this morning and i found this coin on the path when i got home i tested it against a silver ring, i found i could discriminate not detect the coin but still detect the silver ring also the coin weighs 14 grams is this a fake??

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Re: Is this a fake?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2011, 02:11:07 PM »
Now that is a weird find! Does that say "Nero" across the top there?

Museums etc. sell a lot of reproduction roman coins etc. but I've never seen one quite like this! I'm going to have a search around and see if I can find anything like it.

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Re: Is this a fake?
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2011, 02:45:20 PM »
yes i think it does say "nero"

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Re: Is this a fake?
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2011, 02:54:50 PM »
Ok, I'd say this is a reproduction of that Nero Aureus I posted links to above. The reproductions sold in museum gift shops tend to be a great deal better executed than this one, so I don't rule out it being an older repro. But what a weird thing to find on a pathway! Are there any museums near the find spot with a gift shop? Might be worth checking if the sell anything similar. The only similiar item I have seen for sale was a roman coin pendant at Verulamium Museum, but that had a suspension loop for the string.

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Re: Is this a fake?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2011, 03:39:05 PM »
no there isn't any museums nearby that i can think of i was so suprised to see it just sitting there i nearly didnt pick it up because i thought it was a plastic childs toy coin at first

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Re: Is this a fake?
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2011, 03:43:20 PM »
Yep, a strange and interesting find without a doubt!

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Re: Is this a fake?
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2011, 03:45:49 PM »
ive tried it with a magnet and its not magnetic

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Re: Is this a fake?
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2011, 09:57:13 PM »
It does have a kind of Billy and Charley vibe to it. Here's a gallery of some Billy and Charley coins: http://www.mernick.org.uk/B&C/coins.htm so a 19th century pewter forgery of a roman coin maybe?

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