in reference to a previous thread
on the topic I like to address the problem of fake
solidi of Heraclius
in conjunction with the use of transfer dies, again. The three fakes
shown below are based on the Sear
F37 forgery, but the obverse
die has been reworked. The top two examples are from acsearch
, the third one is from the fake reports
What can be seen:
1. All three coins display exactly the same "double strike" on the obverse
2. The different shapes, appearances and the flow lines (particularly well seen on coin # 3) show that the coins are struck.
The "double strike" must be in the "matrix
", but cannot be engraved
. The "matrix
" must be a die, because the coins are struck. Thus, the coins are made with transfer dies.
What can be seen at high resolution:
Click on the image of the top coin for the high resolution picture. The details of the original engraving are quite well transfered to this copy, just the transitions to the fields are kind of soft.
The transfer dies produce a quality
which have fooled major auction
houses. There is a minor loss of detail by the transfer technique, but even small structures were copied well from the seed. I expect that well-made tranfer dies from seed coins of the highest quality
can yield fakes
which remain unrecognized for a long time, specifically when the coins are not examined with a microscope.