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Constantine fantasy piece
« on: July 25, 2012, 01:46:39 PM »
Someone just posted this piece on another forum, so I thought I would post it here.

"This coin is a fantasy coin because it never actually existed in ancient times. It is a combination of a Constantine obverse, paired with the reverse of a Judean coin issued by Antonius Felix (prefect of Judea from A.D. 52-59) under Claudius. The reverse is two oblong shields and two spears crossed. The obverse has a Latin legend, while the reverse, the part that looks like O KAA, is Greek. This coin was probably manufactured for some sort of promotional, and it is likely to be only a few decades old."

http://www.constantinethegreatcoins.com/fantasycoin/



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Re: Constantine fantasy piece
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2012, 09:52:42 AM »
Dear all,

I was the winning bidder on one of these from ebay a couple of weeks back.  I remembered seeing one on your site, and as I've a small collection of Constantine and an interest in Biblical prutah it seemed like worth a bid.

Do we know anything more about them, when and why they were made? 

I'm try and upload a picture over the weekend.

Dave

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Re: Constantine fantasy piece
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2012, 09:58:49 AM »
Do we know anything more about them, when and why they were made? 

I am not sure when or why they were made, but there was some speculation that they were made as some sort of promotional piece, maybe like a Reader's Digest gift.

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Re: Constantine fantasy piece
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2012, 08:32:31 PM »
I just saw this one for sale on E-bay


"Being offered is an ancient bronzed coin, this has a profile and lettering, looks to state constantine, so assume this might be the bust of this person, back looks to have a cross, not certain if this is ancient roman or byzantine"