I must confess that I might have preferred to remain in the dark about this. However, although it is very worrying, I think it is useful to know all these things.
Now I'll explain some quirks that I've seen at auction
Like the two coins i post here, both from Sicily
: Alaisa and Lipara. (the one from Alaisa was object of a past discussion on this forvm
, but I can't find it, probably has been removed).
Looking at the reports of the Department of Culture, I think we can deduce the way in which the counterfeiters work:
First, they chose the coin to forge, they make casts, and create the fake die from a raw die.
Then they heat a genuine ancient coin, a specimen in very poor
condition. (1696 Ancient coins
in the report). So we can explain the orange peel look of the coins. On the heated ancient blank they mint the fake type
using the modern die.
So the metal looks ancient, but the coin is a modern fake.
At the end they use the oxidation block to produce the fake patina
, which is tipically green.
And at the end the unaware collector can go to hell, with his
empty wallet, getting excited holding in his hands
a beautiful fake