Class A, Group II Geto-Dacian Monetary Imitations. Page 7
M73. Types of M. Junius Brutus, after 54 BC; cf. Cr-433/1, 3.13g. Both sides slightly stylized; unusual obverse legend combining slightly crude but accurate LIBERTAS with C before it, and a wholly original legend on the right edge. It's unfortunate that that legend cannot be read! Slightly crude but accurate BRVTVS on reverse.
M74. Types of Julius Caesar, after 44 BC; cf. Cr-480/7, 3.63g. Both sides quite stylized, with a seated Venus on reverse misunderstood as a standing figure. Abbreviated, slightly blundered DICT PERPETVA obverse legend; blundered, meaningless reverse legend.
M75. Obverse type of P. Clodius Turrinus, reverse type of Q. Titius, after 42 BC; cf. Cr-494/23 (O) and 341/ (R), 2.21g, serrate. Both sides slightly stylized; no legends.
M76. Obverse type of C. Junius Brutus (?), reverse type of Augustus/Gaius Caesar, after 17 BC; cf. Cr-433/1 (O) and RIC-540 (R), 2.90g. Obverse somewhat stylized, reverse more so; obverse is certainly Libertas, but other prototypes are possible. Slightly blundered but unmistakable LIBERTAS, inappropriately placed for suggested prototype; blundered, meaningless reverse legend. The seller of this coin suggested the Augustus/Gaius candelabrum as the reverse prototype. I was initially skeptical because the original is so rare, but on balance, that does appear to be correct.
M77. Types of C. Junius, after 149 BC; cf. Cr-210/1, 3.14g, serrate. Both sides slightly stylized; additional X before Roma's head; slightly blundered but unmistakable reverse legend. The suggested prototype is not serrate, but the reverse legend is unambiguous.
M78. Obverse type of Q. Antonius Balbus, reverse type of Cr-350A/2, after 83 BC; cf. Cr-364/1 (O) and 350A/2 (R), 3.14g. Both sides somewhat stylized, with Jupiter misunderstood as beardless youth; no legends other than crude SC and control T on obverse. The obverse prototype may seem surprising, but the lack of a beard can be explained as the result of a worn or misstruck model. Everything else fits perfectly, including the "knobs" at the ends of the laurel wreath, quite diagnostic of 364/1.
M79. Types of C. Naevius Balbus, after 79 BC; cf. Cr-382/1, 2.46g, serrate. Both sides quite stylized, obverse more so; somewhat crude but accurate legends.
M80. Types of C. Piso Frugi, after 67 BC; cf. Cr-408/1b, 3.43g. Both sides somewhat stylized, slightly blundered reverse legend.
M82. Obverse type of M. Vargunteius (?), various reverse prototypes, after 130 BC; cf. Cr-257/1 (O?), 3.64g. Both sides somewhat stylized; uncertain obverse legend, blundered, recognizable ROMA on reverse. At first glance, the reverse type appears to be that of Pub. Crepusius, but the remnants of a lance, the attitude of the rider's arm, and the remnants of ROMA, show that this is one of the Dioscuri, out for a solo ride.
M81. Obverse type of C. Piso Frugi, reverse type of Q. Thermus, after 67 BC; cf. Cr-408/1b (O) and 319/1 (R), 3.41g. Obverse quite stylized, reverse sketchy; no obverse legend, traces of uncertain reverse legend.
M83. Obverse type of Q. Fabius Labeo, various reverse prototypes, after 118 BC; cf. Cr-283/1 (O), 3.15g. Slightly stylized obverse, stylized reverse; correct obverse legend; blundered, meaningless reverse legend. Perhaps debased silver, oddly "enriched" on surface.
M84. Types of L. Flamininus Chilo, after 109 BC; cf. Cr-302/1, 3.46g. Both sides somewhat stylized; blundered, meaningless reverse legend. Found in Romania, near site of Sarmisegetusa, capital of pre-Roman Dacia.