Fourree Coinage
A fourrée is a counterfeit coin which is made from a base metal core plated with a precious metal to look like its solid metal counterpart.

Production of fourrées began almost as early as the production of the first coins in the 7th century BC.

The most common method for producing a fourrée was to take a flan of copper, wrap it with silver foil, heat it, and strike it with the dies. If the coin was sufficiently heated and struck hard enough, a layer of eutectic alloy would be produced, fusing the layers together.


Obverse: draped bust right; IVLIA AQVILIA SEVERA AVG
Reverse: Concordia standing left, sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, holding double cornucopiae, * left; CONCORDIA
Ref: RIC IV 225, RSC III 2a, BMCRE V 18...
(2) Augustus 15-13 BC
Obverse: AVGVSTVS DIVI•F, Bare head of Augustus facing right
Reverse: Bull butting to the right; IMP•X in exergue
Ref: RIC I (Second Edition) Augustus 167...
(3) C. Servilius M.f. 137 (136)BC
Obverse: helmet head of Roma right wreath left (XVI) ROMA
Reverse: the Dioscuri riding in opposite directions, heads turned confronting, each with star above his head and holding a spear C·SERVEILI·M·F
Ref: Crawford 239/1, Sydenham 525, RSC I...
(4) Claudius 41-42 AD
Obverse: TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P, Head of Claudius facing right, wearing laurel wreath
Reverse: PACI AVGVSTAE, Winged Pax-Nemesis advancing right, holding winged caduceus in left hand, pointing down at snake, holding out fold of drapery below chin with right hand
Ref: RIC I (Second Edition) Claudius 10...
Obverse: Head of Venus facing right, wearing laurel wreath and diadem; scepter on shoulder; SC behind
Reverse: Three military trophies between capis and lituus; FAVSTVS monogram in exergue
Ref: RSC Cornelia 63; Cr. 426/3
Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin
Reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; Σ in left field, AP monogram below throne.
Ref: Price 3316
(7) Maximinus I 235-236 AD
Obverse: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, Bust of Maximinus facing right, seen from behind, wearing laurel wreath, cuirass, and drapery
Reverse: PAX AVGVSTI, Pax standing facing left, holding branch and scepter
Ref: RIC IV Maximinus Thrax 12
(8) Metapontion 540-510BC
Obverse: MET or META, Ear of Barley
Reverse: Incuse of obverse
Ref: cf. SNG ANS 209-259
(9) Nerva 97 AD
Obverse: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, Head of Nerva facing right, wearing laurel wreath
Reverse: LIBERTAS PVBLICA, Libertas standing, holding pileus and vindicta
Ref: Imitating RIC II 19, RSC 113
(10) Octavian 32-29 BC
Obverse: Bust of Venus facing right, wearing stephane and necklace
Reverse: CAESAR DIVI F, Octavian in military dress, cloak flying behind, advancing left, right arm extended, left hand holding transverse spear
Ref: RIC I (2nd Ed.) Augustus 251; RSC I...
(11) Q. Fabius Labeo 120 (124)BC
Fourree Denarius Sardinia | Rome
Obverse: head of Roma right wearing winged helmet LABEO ROMA X
Reverse: Jupiter in quadriga right, holding reins and scepter, hurling thunderbolt, rostrum tridens below Q·FABI
Ref: Crawford 273/1, SRCV I 148, Sydenha...
(12) Q. Minucius Rufus 120 (122)BC
Fourree Denarius Sardinia | Rome
Obverse: head of Roma right wearing winged helmet RVF X
Reverse: Dioscuri riding on horses right, holding spear Q·MINV ROMA
Ref: Crawford 277/1, SRCV I 152, Sydenha...
(13) Segobriga 130-80 BC
Obverse: head right, crescent behind M below
Reverse: horseman with spear riding right; SEKoBiRIKeS
Ref: ACIP 1869; SNG BM Spain 1049–51
Obverse: head of Roma wearing winged helmet, wreath left ROMA
Reverse: Victory in biga right, horses rearing, grain ear below T·CLOVLI
Ref: Crawford 260/1, SRCV I 136, Sydenha...
(15) Vespasian 69-70 AD
Obverse: IMP.CAESAR.VESPASIANVS AVG, Head of Vespasian facing right, wearing laurel wreath
Reverse: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAES PRIN IV, Titus and Domitian, seated facing left side by side on curule chairs, each holding branch extended in right hand, left hands at side
Ref: RIC II (Part 1) Second Edition Vesp...