New dies? No, fake dies!

Hard times for forgers now the online databases can help collectors to spot their frauds. You just need some good reference books, an internet connection, some patience, and some time to spend surfing online sales, ebay and auction databases.

For example tonight I was surfing and I saw on acsearch this bronze coin of Syracuse, struck under Pyrrhos…

Syracuse Pyrrhos Roma numismatics IV-1121.jpg

This coin was auctioned by the British auction house Roma Numismatics Limited on september 2012. The dies are not listed by Calciati or other reliable references about this coinage. So I just compared the type with the many modern dies sold on ebay in recent years, which I collected in a folder of my PC, and… voila! A match.

Ebay item 261162637282:

Syracuse Pyrrhos Roma numismatics IV-1121 fake dies ebay.jpg

The match is clear, the coin auctioned by Roma Numismatics was undoubtedly struck by these modern dies…

match!.jpg

roma fake pyrrhos

The same coin was auctioned eight months later by the German auction house Gitbud & Naumann…

fake pyrrhos GM.jpg

A final advice for auction houses’ “experts”…

Dear “experts”, maybe, after you have examined the coins in hand, you should try to… get some good reference books, an internet connection, some patience, and some time to spend surfing online sales, ebay and auction databases. You should do this for collectors, who are the ones who pay you your salary, by the fees they have to pay any time they win a coin at auctions.

One thought on “New dies? No, fake dies!

  1. Maybe it’s the angle at which the obverse die was photographed, but the coin obverse doesn’t look the same to me (specifically: chin, forehead, hair)

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