Class D, Group Ib Anomalous, Heavy
AH1. Types of C. Curiatus Trigeminus, after 135 BC; cf. Cr-240/1, 5.11g. Both sides stylized; blundered, meaningless reverse legend. Placed here with some trepidation, because its style doesn't differ drastically from other imitations. But it is so heavy that that fact seems noteworthy in itself; also, it was purchased along with AH3, and gives every appearance of having been found with it as well.
AH2: Not used. See M352+..
AH3. Obverse type of M. Atilius Saranus, reverse type of C. Hosidius Geta, after 68 BC; cf. Cr-214/1 (O) and 407 (R), cf. BM-184 (same rev. die, paired with a jugate head obv.), 5.46g. Stylized Roma head; barbarous reverse scene of genuine vigor & originality; slightly blundered obverse legend; blundered reverse legend, apparently ROMA above and below. The reverse derives from the boar and hound of C. Hosidius Geta, but reinterpreted into a gentler scene of a mother animal with her calf. The BM cataloguers share this interpretation, arrived at independently. They also place their coin in an "anomalous" category, "East European Coins of Various Derivations", and speculate that it was produced in Illyria. The BM coin weighs 3.60g, almost two grams less than AH3.
AH4. Types of Gar, Ogvl, Ver, after 86 BC; cf. Cr-350A/2, 5.33g. Both sides slightly stylized; no thunderbolt on obverse, no legend. The style of this coin is unremarkable, although clearly not official, but the immense, 22mm flan and very heavy weight are far from "normal". It's hard to imagine anyone trying to pass this as a denarius!
AH5. Obverse type of C. Piso Frugi, various reverse prototypes, after 67 BC; cf. Cr-408/1 (O), 4.42g. Both sides somewhat stylized; no obverse legend, reverse legend illegible. Very debased silver.