Sometimes ebay scammers are a good source to spot fakes sold by major auction houses. Today for example, I was looking at the ebay shop of selin959, that I suspect is an alias of selin-franc, formerly known as aitnacoins. Among many fakes listed, which I will probably discuss in future posts, I was intrigued by this coin, a cast fake of a litra from Petra in Sicily, listed by Calciati as CNS III.317.1. (At this link a genuine sample from BM).
Well, this is the result of a quick search I just did on the web:
A sample of this fake was sold by the German auction house Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung on October 2009:
In the meantime other samples appeared on the bay:
Some years later, on May 2013, the British seller Roma Numismatics Limited offered auction another sample of this fake. Despite the red flags raised by many expert users of lamoneta and Forvm, the lot wasn’t withdrawn.
The coin (estimate 1000 GBP by the auction house) was sold for 1100 GBP, but maybe the buyer realized he bought a fake soon after, and he returned the coin to the seller, who offered again it about nine months later as if nothing had happened, listing a different picture, this time for a ridiculous estimate of 100 GBP, with the starting price reduced of 90% compared with the previous sale, clearly showing the intention to get rid of that fake. Fortunately no collector was cheated and the coin went unsold.
For this type I share another interesting case: two forgeries struck by the same transferred dies, both sold by Classical Numismatic Group. Note the impossible identicalness of traces of undertype on both sides…