Copies from an American Collection
C25+. Types of M. Aburius Geminus, after 132 BC; cf. Cr-250/1, 4.22g. See (C25) for another example of these dies. Both sides close copies, slightly stylized; accurate legends.Ex collection of the late Charles A. Hersh.
C26+. Types of Q. Curtius, after 116 BC; cf. Cr-285/2, 4.30g. Both sides very close copies, with accurate legends. The present coin is well within the stylistic boundaries of official coins of this type, which are often quite crude, and sometimes described as "barbarous" in error. I've concluded that this coin is indeed an imitation based primarily on the very heavy weight.
C27+. Types of C. Coelius Caldus, after 104 BC; cf. Cr-318/1a, 3.52g. Both sides quite close copies; mostly accurate reverse legend, slightly blundered and retrograde. It's noteworthy that the types were engraved properly into the dies, but the legend was engraved right-reading, thus is retrograde on the coin.
C28+. Types of Q. Titius, after 90 BC; cf. Cr-341/2, 3.49g. Both sides somewhat stylized; accurate reverse legend. See Lanz 102, 19, 5/01 for very similar dies; surely from the same hand, probably copying the same original. See (C28) for another example of these dies.
C29+. Types of Q. Antonius Balbus, after 83 BC; cf. Cr-364/1d, 4.79g, serrate. Both sides a bit stylized; SC on obverse; somewhat blundered, recognizable reverse legend.
C30+. Types of Q. Antonius Balbus, after 83 BC; cf. Cr-364/1c, 3.52g, serrate. Both sides a bit stylized; SC on obverse; blundered, recognizable reverse legend.
C31+. Types of Ti. Claudius Nero, after 79 BC; cf. Cr-383/1, 3.83g, serrate. Both sides somewhat stylized, obverse more so; no SC on obverse; slightly blundered reverse legend, accurate control number.
(C23+). Types of M. Plaetorius Cestianus, after 69 BC; cf.
Cr-405/5, 3.82g. Obverse somewhat stylized, with unusual rendering of hair; reverse very slightly stylized, with slightly blundered legend. See C23 for another example of these dies.
C32+. Types of C. Piso Frugi, after 67 BC; cf. Cr-408/1, 3.70g. Both sides faintly stylized, obverse high-relief and well-engraved; blundered, meaningless obverse control; somewhat blundered, recognizable reverse legend.
C33+. Types of C. Piso Frugi, after 67 BC; cf. Cr-408/1, 3.95g. Obverse a bit stylized, reverse much more so; somewhat blundered, recognizable reverse legend.
C34+. Types of L. Roscius Fabatus, after 64 BC; cf. Cr-412/1, 3.21g, serrate. Both sides somewhat stylized; no legends.
C35+. Types of Cassius, 42 BC or later; cf. Cr-500/3, 3.48g. Both sides a bit stylized; slightly crude, accurate legends. As I discussed for C19, I'm open to the possibility that this and the following coin are quasi-official.
C36+. Types of Cassius, 42 BC or later; cf. Cr-500/3, 3.75g. Both sides
a bit stylized; slightly blundered, essentially correct legends. Ex collection of the late Charles A. Hersh.
C37+. Types of Mark Antony and Octavian, after 41 BC; cf. Cr-517/2, Kos/Semrov, Ljubljana, same dies.
3.52g. Both sides a bit stylized, but well-engraved and attractive; obverse legend largely blundered and meaningless, with a few recognizable elements; reverse legend slightly blundered, but essentially correct. The two portraits give every indication of being the product of the same engraver; the difference between the obverse and reverse legend is inexplicable.