Some years ago I published a paper in the Celator
cut from genuine coins. I am sad to have to say that this is another one. In short: a genuine coin has been re-cut to produce the forgery. In this case, the obverse legend
has been obliterated, and the reverse
ground down and then a new reverse
has been engraved
. And then artificial weathering
, fake patina
13 is rare
, so I understand that it is sought after and that the forgers copy it. There are only six genuine RIC
13 known to me (2 in public collections
: Wien and Milan
; 4 in private hands
: Pecunem 18-911, Pecunem 34-1040 and two more that I have bought). I have studied all of these except the Pecunem 34 specimen.
The present forgery was offered to me in January from the Balkans, but as it was an obvious forgery I turned it down. It later ended up with Victor Clark
, and David Sear
has apparently issued a certificate for it. I'm sorry to say that he is not infallible.
I attach a photo of the reverse
where I have indicated traces of the original design. There are many places and many circumstances showing that this is not a genuine RIC
13, also on the obverse
no reason to doubt the authenticity of the specimen, especially as it has been certified
by David Sear
. However, if you don't want to have a forgery in your collection
, I suggest that you turn to Victor
and he will do the right thing.
I will be happy to send you (privately) photos of all the genuine Constantinople RIC
13, and also my Celator paper showing a similarly produced forgery.
I'm sorry if this has made you disappointed. I'm on a constant crusade against Constantinian forgeries
because they mess up my research.
All the best,