Two fakes didrachms of Karystos in the Dewing Collection (now Harvard)



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“From the important collection of ancient Greek coins at the Sackler Museum formed by the late Arthur S. Dewing ’02, Ph.D. ’05, a professor of finance at the Harvard Business School. Dewing bought the fakes from shops in Athens in 1937 and 1954.

The catalog of the Dewing Collection published in 1985 did not include the second forged coin because the editors, Silvia Hurter and the late Leo Mildenberg, and Alan S. Walker, the author of the section on this part of the Greek world, thought it undoubtedly false. The catalog did include as genuine the first forged coin, but curator of numismatic collections Carmen Arnold-Biucchi would call it fake simply because it is so similar to the undoubted fake in its style and in its “fabric,” its general appearance as a piece of metal. Research by Hurter, published in theBulletin on Counterfeits in 1987, associates it with a group of fake two-drachma coins of Karystos probably made in the 1930s. “These counterfeits are struck [as the genuine is, and as opposed to cast]…and they often have an artificially crystallized surface. Apparently two obverse and two reverse dies were used.” Continue reading “Two fakes didrachms of Karystos in the Dewing Collection (now Harvard)”