Hemilitron, reduced. CNS I.12
(At this link a genuine sample from BnF)
This case was already discussed on the Italian forum one year ago. The comparison says it all: here we are facing with modern forgeries struck by fake transferred dies. Coin 1 (Gorny & Mosch) is the host coin, coins 2 (Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH) and 3 (ACR Auctions) are fakes. The same obverse fake die was used to realize a forgery of CNS I.20 I will report in a future post.
Following Continue reading “The (fake) coinage of Lipara – Part IV”
As spotted by the smart experts of the Italian forum Lamoneta (sources here and here), the Italian auction house Bolaffi S.p.A. is currently listing this forgery, obtained by modern transferred dies
Continue reading “Fake piastra of Urbano VIII currently on auction.”
I just realized all these samples of gold solidus of Constantine I are forgeries, Continue reading “Oh my… they are all forgeries!”
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…
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… Continue reading “New dies? No, fake dies!”
This is a didactic post about an amazing story occurred in the second half of XX century. In 1962 D. F. Allen published on the British Numismatic Journal Vol. 31 an article (available here), titled “The Haslemere Hoard”, discussing a recently found hoard of new types of Celtic staters declared “found in Britain”. In the following years many collectors dreamed of adding Continue reading “Detecting signs of modern engraving of dies: the Haslemere Hoard”
This denarius of Marcus Antonius with L. Munatius Plancus (mint moving with M. Antonius) is currently listed on auction by Continue reading “Very suspicious denarius currently on auction.”
The Spanish seller Numismatica Mayor 25 is currently listing on his Ma-Shops site this published fake. (Sear, D.R. Byzantine coins and their values, F.86) Continue reading “Fake Histamenon of Romanus III”