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Forgeries of Public Money. On this subject, so important to the numismatist, and so interesting from a historical point of view, some general observations will be found in pp. 294 and 295 of this volume, under the head of Counterfeit Coins.
But for further information respecting the works of falsarii amongst the Romans, the reader is especially referred to a valuable essay by the Editor of the Numismatic Chronicle for July, 1846, including a masterly letter to Mr. Akerman from Mr. Burgon, with regard to practices of the Greek forgers. The whole dissertation merits attention; for, commencing with the early parts of antiquity, it purses the history of monetal frauds through the middle ages down to the times of our own Tudors and Stuarts.
Note: The current language of Fakes:
-Forgery should only be used when referring to modern fakes meant to decive collectors.
-Counterfeit refers to ancient fakes meant to circulate as the genuine original.
-Fake should only be used when referring to modern copies or ancient coins that have been altered.