Imitations from a Romanian Hoard 2
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M278+. Various prototypes, after 144 BC; cf. Cr-221/1 for earliest quadriga, 4.19g. Both sides rather stylized; no obverse legend other than X; crude reverse ROMA.
M279+. Various prototypes, after 144 BC; cf. Cr-221/1 for earliest quadriga, 3.34g. Both sides stylized; "quadriga" with three horses; no legends other than reverse A.
M280+. Various prototypes, after 144 BC; cf. Cr-221/1 for earliest quadriga, 3.76g. Both sides "barbarous"; no legends other than obverse X.
M281+. Various prototypes, after 144 BC; cf. Cr-221/1 for earliest quadriga, 3.31g. Both sides quite stylized, the obverse more so; trace of illegible obverse legend; blundered, abstract reverse legend.
M282+. Types of P. Aelius Paetus, after 138 BC; cf. Cr-233/1, 4.80g. Both sides somewhat stylized; no obverse legend other than X; somewhat blundered, recognizable reverse legend.
CT1+. Types of Sex. Pompeius Fostlus, after 137 BC; cf. Cr-235/1, 3.66g. Both sides seemingly transferred from official coin. This strange piece was included with the imitations from the Romanian Hoard, and after considerable hesitation, I concur. The dies are unquestionably official, and the weight is plausible, but the crude, wavy fabric and uneven strike do appear to be un-Roman. I remain open to the possibility that this is indeed a product of the Rome mint, abused by time.
M283+. Types of Q. Caecilius Metellus, after 130 BC; cf. Cr-256/1, 3.68g. Both sides somewhat stylized; essentially correct obverse legend; blundered, meaningless reverse legend.
M284+. Types of Q. Caecilius Metellus or M. Vargunteius, after 130 BC; cf. Cr-256/1 or 257/1, 5.07g. Both sides "barbarous" and left-facing; no legends.
M285+. Types of L. Caecilius Metellus Diadematus, after 128 BC; cf. Cr-262/1, 4.97g. Both sides stylized, the reverse more so; no legends other than obverse X.
M286+. Obverse type of C. Cassius, various reverse prototypes, after 126 BC; cf. Cr-266/1 (O), 3.05g. Both sides "barbarous"; no obverse legend; abstract, meaningless reverse legend. Stunning and exquisite reverse, utterly un-Dacian. Might this be the product of a Celtic engraver, slave or employee of Dacians?
(M5+). Types of Q. Minucius Rufus, after 122 BC; cf. Cr-277/1, 3.85g. Both sides somewhat stylized; obverse X before and behind Roma; blundered, recognizable reverse legend. See M5 for another example of these dies.
M287+. Types of Q. Minucius Rufus(?), after 122 BC; cf. Cr-277/1(?), 3.77g. Both sides somewhat stylized; blundered, perhaps barely recognizable obverse legend; abstract, meaningless reverse legend. Possible evidence of overstriking on reverse. The suggested prototype is doubtful, as many details of Roma do not truly correspond.