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    Paduan
    E33, Lot 61:

    Galba. A.D. 68-69. Æ cast “sestertius." 23.48 gm. 33 mm. Paduan type or imitation. Aftercast. His laureate and draped bust right; SER GALBA IMP CAES AVG / The emperor standing right on low platform, addressing four soldiers holding standards; officer standing behind emperor; S C to either side, ADLOCVTIO in exergue. Cf. Klawans 2-3 (different dies, obverse legend). Reverse copied from a genuine die (cf. RIC I 462-465).

    "Paduan" medals are so named after Giovanni da Cavino of Padua (1500-1570), who during his lifetime produced high quality dies to strike imitations and fantasy versions of Roman coins. The dies were passed down through Cavino's family until being purchased by the antiquary to the king of France in the 17th century, 100 years after Cavino's death. It is quite likely that the dies were used in the years between Cavino's death and their sale, and many copies were also cast based on struck originals. Casts were also created using existing casts, these 'aftercasts' generally decrease in quality and fidelity the further removed they become from the original struck examples.

    Whether or not they were made as intentional counterfeits is not conclusive (many scholars argue no). Various examples found their way into serious collections over time, but Zander Klawans's 1977 reference (and the many preceding works by Lawrence and others) mean that they are now rarely mistaken for real examples. Unlike many non-contemporary counterfeits Paduans are historic and collectible in their own right.

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    Paduan
    E33, Lot 62:

    Galba. A.D. 68-69. Æ cast “sestertius." 18.8 gm. 33 mm. Paduan type. Aftercast. His laureate and draped bust right; IMP SER SVLP GALBA CAES AVG TR POT / The emperor standing left on low platform, addressing five soldiers holding standards; ADLOCVT S C. Klawans 3 (obverse die), 4 (reverse die). Good Very Fine; pleasing brown patina. There are no genuine coins of this type.

    "Paduan" medals are so named after Giovanni da Cavino of Padua (1500-1570), who during his lifetime produced high quality dies to strike imitations and fantasy versions of Roman coins. The dies were passed down through Cavino's family until being purchased by the antiquary to the king of France in the 17th century, 100 years after Cavino's death. It is quite likely that the dies were used in the years between Cavino's death and their sale, and many copies were also cast based on struck originals. Casts were also created using existing casts, these 'aftercasts' generally decrease in quality and fidelity the further removed they become from the original struck examples.

    Whether or not they were made as intentional counterfeits is not conclusive (many scholars argue no). Various examples found their way into serious collections over time, but Zander Klawans's 1977 reference (and the many preceding works by Lawrence and others) mean that they are now rarely mistaken for real examples. Unlike many non-contemporary counterfeits Paduans are historic and collectible in their own right.

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    Paduan
    E33, Lot 63:

    Otho. A.D. 69. Æ cast “sestertius." 28.75 gm. 38 mm. Paduan type. His bare head right; IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P / Bust of Albia Terentia, mother of Otho, right; ALBIA TERENTIA L SILVII IMP MATER. Klawans 7. Good Fine; cast within a broader frame; some damage, repaired with dark green lacquer-like material (particularly on reverse bust). Seemingly quite rare. The only example the cataloger found at auction was the one pictured in Klawans, which has a much broader frame. There are no genuine coins of this type.

    "Paduan" medals are so named after Giovanni da Cavino of Padua (1500-1570), who during his lifetime produced high quality dies to strike imitations and fantasy versions of Roman coins. The dies were passed down through Cavino's family until being purchased by the antiquary to the king of France in the 17th century, 100 years after Cavino's death. It is quite likely that the dies were used in the years between Cavino's death and their sale, and many copies were also cast based on struck originals. Casts were also created using existing casts, these 'aftercasts' generally decrease in quality and fidelity the further removed they become from the original struck examples.

    Whether or not they were made as intentional counterfeits is not conclusive (many scholars argue no). Various examples found their way into serious collections over time, but Zander Klawans's 1977 reference (and the many preceding works by Lawrence and others) mean that they are now rarely mistaken for real examples. Unlike many non-contemporary counterfeits Paduans are historic and collectible in their own right.

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