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Lot 234: Pair of Roman terracotta counterfeiter/forger’s moulds

Auction 55: Fine Ancient Artifacts Winter Sale

by Ancient Resource LLC

December 4, 2016

Montrose, CA, USA

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  • Pair of Roman terracotta counterfeiter/forger’s moulds
  • Pair of Roman terracotta counterfeiter/forger’s moulds
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Description: A pair of Roman terracotta counterfeiter/forger’s moulds, Late Constantinian era, c. AD 340 – 360, the first with an impression from a Centenionalis of Constantius II (AD 337 – 361) one side and his brother Constans (AD 337 – 350) on the other, both sons of Constantine I ‘The Great'. The second mould bear the reverse of a Centenionalis on either side with the inscription FEL TEMP REPARATIO (loosely translates to ‘Return of the Good Time’) around the image of a Roman soldier spearing a fallen enemy horseman. Both impressions show the mintmark from the city of Siscia (modern Sisak in Croatia). Each is finely detailed with light earthen deposits. Diameter about 1 1/8 in (3 cm) each. Ex Princeton Economics collection, acquired by Martin Armstrong; Ex Classical Numismatic Group.

Condition Report: The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Interested bidders are strongly encouraged to request a condition report on any lots upon which they intend to bid, prior to placing a bid. All transactions are governed by Ancient Resource LLC's Conditions of Sale.

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