A unique Roman coin found by a metal detector was made by an ancient ‘Del Boy’ forger who could not spell and did not know his emperors.
The silver denarius, an average day's pay for a Roman worker, was modelled on coins struck to commemorate the Battle of Actium of 31 BC.
The famous battle saw the combined forces of Roman General Mark Antony and Egyptian Queen Cleopatra defeated by Octavian, who went on to rule as Emperor Augustus.
The silver denarius was made 2,000 years ago but is a terrible fake, with spelling mistakes and even the wrong Emperor
Experts said it was made a few years after Actium but was a terrible fake, probably created from memory by a craftsman who was ‘barely literate’.
One face has a crocodile but it is facing the opposite way to the original.
Emperor Caesar is on the head side, when it should have been Augustus.
And the die cutter misspelled Egypt as Aegipto instead of the common spelling of the time, Aegypto or Aegvpto.
Monday, November 08, 2010
Ancient Battle of Actium forged coin found in UK