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The third coin is 22 mm and weighs, 4.87 g

The first coin is 15.6 mm and weighs 2.73 g

The second coin is 15.6 mm and weighs 2.84 g

 

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Even though these are clearly fake, it is actually quite hard to tell why.

Here is the first coin, RIC IV Macrinus 91. The left is from Münzkabinett Wien, the centre is yours, and the right is from Münzkabinett der Universität Göttingen.

The left is most obviously genuine. The features are sharp, there are flow lines from the legend, the surface is not pitted but not too smooth. If it was worn, this would be on the high parts more than the more protected areas. If you buy coins that look like this, you have a good chance of them not being fake.

Yours looks fake because the details are mushy. Macrinus's features are sunken. There aren't any flow lines from the legends. The edge is rounded more than would be by wear. The surface is slightly pitted all over (including on the bust) as it would be if you cast it.

The coin on the right doesn't look all that much different to yours. But you can see that the details are sharper and slightly more raised (although worn), Macrinus's features are not so sunken, there are flow lines from the legends (if worn) and although the surface is a bit rough, it is not pitted all over.

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56 minutes ago, John Conduitt said:

Even though these are clearly fake, it is actually quite hard to tell why.

Here is the first coin, RIC IV Macrinus 91. The left is from Münzkabinett Wien, the centre is yours, and the right is from Münzkabinett der Universität Göttingen.

The left is most obviously genuine. The features are sharp, there are flow lines from the legend, the surface is not pitted but not too smooth. If it was worn, this would be on the high parts more than the more protected areas. If you buy coins that look like this, you have a good chance of them not being fake.

Yours looks fake because the details are mushy. Macrinus's features are sunken. There aren't any flow lines from the legends. The edge is rounded more than would be by wear. The surface is slightly pitted all over (including on the bust) as it would be if you cast it.

The coin on the right doesn't look all that much different to yours. But you can see that the details are sharper and slightly more raised (although worn), Macrinus's features are not so sunken, there are flow lines from the legends (if worn) and although the surface is a bit rough, it is not pitted all over.

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Thankyou for explaining 🥰

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2 hours ago, Amanda said:

Do you think mine are worth anything?

If they are fakes (which seems the most likely) then probably no more than $10 - $20 as interesting replicas. Perhaps slightly more, if they're struck from real silver.

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9 hours ago, CPK said:

If they are fakes (which seems the most likely) then probably no more than $10 - $20 as interesting replicas. Perhaps slightly more, if they're struck from real silver.

They are not magnetic so I’m assuming silver

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Now the Macrinus.

It is another cast fake. Here are 3 of many matching fakes from a fakes database. These came onto the market from the same sources as the Didius Julianus above. The distribution network was known colloquially as "the Toronto Group" as they were primarily based out of Toronto.

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