Antoninus Pius, Denarius, Superb Ancient Counterfeit
Silvered; 18mm/2.9gm - Rome Mint c. 140-141 AD ?
Con/ atEF with mint luster; the image of Italia is in fine style.
Obv/ ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP [TR P COS III]?; laur. head r.
Rev/ TR POT COS III ITALIA; Italia, turreted, seated left on globe, holding cornucopia and scepter
Ref/ RIC Vol 3, A Pius 98 (reverse)
Seller's Note/ This issue is remarkable in many ways. The counterfeit celetors to created this coin 1,878 years ago had true skills and may have been 'moonlighting' official mint employees. It is also a 'mule' = the obverse legend fails to match the reverse as RIC does not list this legend with this issue; ANTONINVS AVG PIVS only. The size and weight is spot on but the silver used to plate the copper was of such high quality that is still has a mint luster and that's amazing after so many years in the ground.