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Antoninus Pius, Fourrée Denarius, Italia Reverse

Silver plated Æ; 17mm/2.9gm

Con/ Very Fine; as noted above, the silver plating on this coin is thick, shiny and mint fresh with only a few tiny spots of copper alloy on each side

Obv/ ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P COS III; laureate head right

Rev/ TR POT COS III; Italia, towered, seated left on globe, holding cornucopia and sceptre, ITALIA below.

Ref/ RIC Vol 3 98, RSC 467.

Seller's Note/ All of the above seems clear enough, but it's not, as this coin is an ancient forgery. Whoever the forger's were, their celator had serious skills, as other than the obverse legend, it is spot on perfect...and actually much better than the few examples I could find on WildWinds. RIC notes this coin from the mint of Rome as 'common' but as a forger's hybrid it may be a one-off and quite rare.