Class D, Group Ia Anomalous, Light
AL1. Types of Sextus Pompeius Fostlus (?), after 137 BC; cf. Cr-235/1, 2.80g. Both sides quite sketchy and barbarous; remnants of abstract, meaningless reverse legend.
AL2. Various obverse types, reverse type of M. Cipius, after 115 BC; cf. Cr-289/1 (R), 3.42g. Both sides remarkably barbarous, with rudder misunderstood as fish below horses on reverse; traces of abstract, meaningless reverse legend.
I'm not very satisfied with the notion of "Anomalous" categories; in particular the distinction between "Light" and "Heavy" pieces is increasingly meaningless. The general "Imitations" catalogue now includes examples of coins heavier than some listed as "Heavy" here; the "Light" category now includes a piece weighing a quite "normal" 3.58g. The categories are now dependent on subjective evaluation of "style" and fabric. This is a notoriously non-rigorous and non-reproducible approach. I don't defend it, but I'm not quite ready to scrap the "Anomalous" categories, because I persist in believing that I am seeing real distinctions between these coins and the main group of "Imitations", however they might be described. See also my brief comments before the beginning of my Celator article on this site.
AL3*. Various obverse types; reverse type probably of L. Manlius Torquatus, after 82 BC; cf. Cr-367 (R), 3.58g. Both sides sketchy and barbarous; traces of blundered, meaningless reverse legend.
AL4. Types of C. Poblicius, after 80 BC; cf. Cr-380/1; 2.62g, serrate. Barbarous bust of Roma left, blundered legend before, traces behind; very barbarous Hercules and lion, blundered legend behind.
AL5*. Obverse type of C. Naevius Balbus, reverse type of C. Postumius, after 74 BC; cf. Cr-382/1 (O) and 394/1 (R), 2.81g. Both sides quite barbarous; blundered, meaningless obverse legend; somewhat blundered but easily recognizable reverse legend. This piece bears a strong resemblance to Eraviscan coins in style, fabric, weight and type selection, but is not represented in the Eraviscan hoards or die sequences. I think it's quite possible that it is Eraviscan, simply very rare.
AL6. Types of M. Vargunteius, after 130 BC; cf. Cr-257/1, 2.46g. Both sides slightly stylized; abbreviated but accurate obverse legend, accurate ROMA on reverse. Extremely light, thin and spread (22mm!)
AL7. Types of M. Furius Philus, after 119 BC; cf. Cr-281/1, 3.43g. Both sides remarkably barbarous, with little resemblance to other imitations. No legends; reverse Roma erecting trophy misinterpreted as two standing figures. Not particularly light; placed in this category for convenience. Possibly Pannonian and Celtic?
AL8. Types of L. Rascius Fabatus(?), after 64 BC; cf. Cr-412/1(?), 3.38g. Both sides remarkably crude and barbarous; perhaps remnants of a meaningless reverse legend. The proposed prototype is little more than a guess. A second example of these dies appeared in the Transylvanian Hoard.
AL9. Types of Pinarius Natta, after 155 BC; cf. Cr-200/1 or 208/1, 2.53g. Both sides stylized, the reverse much more so; blundered, recognizable reverse legend. Remarkably light and thin. Reliably said to have been found in the UK, along with other worn RR denarii including other possible imitations. I consider the possibility that this piece was made in Britain to be virtually nil however.
AL10+. Various prototypes, after 194 BC (earliest biga), 3.17g. Both sides crude and "barbarous"; blundered, meaningless reverse legend. Fabric also is unusually crude; the pronounced flan crack is quite atypical of imitations.
AL11+. Uncertain obverse prototypes, reverse type of Julius Caesar, after 49 BC; cf. Cr-443/1 (R), 3.29g. Oddly "barbarous" obverse, quite atypical; stylized reverse; traces of inappropriate, unreadable legend on left side of reverse.
AL12+. Types of M. Servilius, after 100 BC; cf. Cr-264/1, 2.38g. Both sides apparently transferred from an official coin. Reliably said to have been found in Spain.