No comments especially for the previous price
in the 2015 sale.
A Tardani counterfeit
of the Leg PRI
in the miscellaneous section of the incoming auction
(I deleted the name of the auctionner).
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The Triumvirs. Mark Antony
. Autumn 32-spring 31 BC. AR Denarius
(17mm, 3.37 g, 9h). Tardani Counterfeit
. Praetorian galley right / Aquila
between two signa; LEG PRI
across lower field
. For prototype: cf. Crawford
CRI 348; cf. Sydenham
1215; cf. RSC
26; RBW –. Toned
, a few light scratches and marks. VF.
From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection
. Ex Lanz
161 (7 December 2015), lot 214 (as genuine, realized 6250 Euros).
The counterfeiter Tardani was prolific in Europe during the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Many of the dies Tardani created are now housed in the Smithsonian
, and Frank L. Kovacs
, the noted dealer and scholar from Corte Madera, California, is one of the few numismatists to have studied these dies.
Frank notes that “Tardani made his Leg Pri
from ‘scratch’ by removing the legion number from a positive [electrotype
copy] – creating a negative [electrotype
copy] into which he engraved
the desired number, and then striking the fakes
. He kept an archive of positives from which he could then make as many transfer dies as he needed. He probably also created the LEG
1247-1253), which Sear
listed as ‘doubtful’ in Roman Silver Coins