Another recommended reading about dies production.

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I share an interesting article by Clive Stannard, titled “EVALUATING THE MONETARY SUPPLY: WERE DIES REPRODUCED MECHANICALLY IN ANTIQUITY?”. The work deals with the production of dies in antiquity. By this reading you can also indirectly acquire interesting notions to understand how some kind of modern forgeries are made.

Download the article at this link: Stannard 2008b

Fake patina: recommended reading.

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Article by A. Giumlia-Mair and E. Lucchini, download at this link: Surface_analyses_on_modern_and_ancient_c


Over the last two decades, together with the increasing prices in the antique market and the proliferation of private ‘hobby collectors’, the number of fakes in circulation among antique shops, auctions and even institutions and museums has noticeably increased. So called ‘bronzes’ seem to be the favourite objects for both fakers and inexperienced collectors. In some cases the fakes are well made, so that often the professional can be fooled by them also. In this paper some examples of modern and ancient fake objects will be discussed.

Detecting signs of modern engraving of dies: the Haslemere Hoard

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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”

“Highly Deceptive Forgeries of Constantine’s SPES PVBLIC Coinage” by Lars Ramskold

Recommended reading, at this link: Highly_Deceptive_Forgeries_of_Constantin

Abstract: “The most famous and sought after of all coins from antiquity include Constantine the Great’s SPES PVBLIC coinage. These small bronze coins were issued 321 -328 AD at Constantine’s new capital-to-be Constantinopolis. They are the first coins said to carry an unequivocally Christian message from the emperor to his subjects. They are hard to get, and a SPES PVBLIC is usually the star of any numismatic collection. Recently, a number of ingenious forgeries of SPES PVBLIC coins have come on the market. These forgeries have deceived every numismatist that has handled them, and they pose a threat to collectors and researchers alike. This paper examines these forgeries, to date the most skilled known of Late Roman Bronzes, and explains how they were produced.

Fake Greek coins in the Coin Cabinet of the Royal Library of Belgium.

Fake Greek coins in the Coin Cabinet of the Royal Library of Belgium.

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The Coin Cabinet of the Royal Library of Belgium is very rich in Greek coin forgeries; it owns more than 1,200 coins classified as such (chiefly gifts made by the dealers Paul Tinchant and Druso Franceschi) and a card file made by the author in the 1990s. This card file includes the belongings of several major coin cabinets (Cambridge, London, New York, Oxford, Paris and Vienna) as well as what has been published in the literature, to start with the Bulletin on Counterfeits (c. 2,500 files).

Download the full article here2009_SNR_Faux_Bruxelles