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!”
The German auction house Numismatik Lanz published today the catalog of his next auction Continue reading “Currently on auction: Man-faKed bull and others”
YMSR is a collection of sicilian fakes, listed by the french auction house CGB on June 2014, and withdrawn after the critical comments of an expert who “sounded alarm” on the main collectors board of the web.
Now some of that junk is again for sale, this time on the bay, listed by the french fake seller 2014.deden, without any reference to the original name YMSR.
Here the listings: http://www.ebay.com/sch/2014.deden/m.html?item=282008882251&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
I cropped pics to post here for future memory (the mint attributions are those listed by the seller)…
Mercenary mint of Sicily
The german auction house Savoca Coins is listing in the next auction a cast fake dilitron of Syracuse.
Here the listing:
Here the original coin used as prototype to produce the cast fake:
There is an ebay account from Italy (giusepper2480) selling fake greek coins. The guy is honest and he states they are “Altissime riproduzioni”, but it has already occurred in the past that his fakes have been bought by dishonest people, who sold them again as genuine on other auctions.
They are not so dangerous fakes, but I post here what he currently sells, as future memory for inexperienced collectors.
Experts of the italian forum lamoneta.it have recently questioned the authenticity of this coin, after their analysis and comparisons.
Recently listed on auction by the german auction house Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH Continue reading “Syracuse bronze fake listed on German auction.”