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Evidence of Casting


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Pitting, filled cracks, field dips, edge seams, filing, soft features, lack of detail, casting sprues, ghost images...

91 files, last one added on Nov 16, 2019

Evidence of Pressing


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Machine pressed vs. hand struck.

16 files, last one added on Jul 02, 2015

Evidence of Modern Tool Use to Cut Dies


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Machine made dies...

20 files, last one added on Jun 02, 2010

Style Deviations


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Deviations from subtle to strange, forgers rarely get style right...

8 files, last one added on Nov 17, 2011

Epigraphy Deviations


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Forgeries often have the wrong style of letters in the inscriptions.

3 files, last one added on Oct 22, 2017

Fabric Deviations


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Wrong metal, wrong size, no edge cracks for a type that always has them, strange shape for the type...

12 files, last one added on Aug 17, 2010

Artificial Patina, Toning and "Make-up"


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Not every coin with an artificial patina is a forgery, but it is an indicator. In any case an artificial patina is a fake patina.

42 files, last one added on Aug 10, 2017

Work of Known Forgers


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Slavey, Lipanoff, Becker, Christodoulos, the Black Sea hoard, the Toronto Group, etc. STUDY IMAGES - only list here if you explain how to use the image to learn the work of the forger. Otherwise list under the type as a regular fake coin report.

1290 files, last one added on Jul 21, 2021

Replica Marks


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All replicas should be marked as replicas. Many are not, but some are. Here are some examples.

331 files, last one added on Oct 13, 2018

Bulk Lots of Mixed Types


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Groups of fakes or replicas of different types sold together may offer clues to identifying fakes from the same workshop.

104 files, last one added on Sep 18, 2015

Tooling


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A tooled coin is not a forgery, but it is a fake. Tooling is also used to cover up cast fakes.

87 files, last one added on Feb 16, 2021

Fake Coin Edges


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The edges of fakes often provide the clues to condemn them. Some of the examples here are very different from genuine coins; others are very close to the original type.

45 files, last one added on Nov 18, 2020

Modern Fake Dies


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503 files, last one added on Feb 02, 2020

Other Indications of Forgery


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21 files, last one added on Apr 05, 2019

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Becker4 viewsSome of the Becker dies in Münzkabinett Berlin part 2Din XJul 21, 2021
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Becker 6 viewsSome of the Becker dies in Münzkabinett BerlinDin XJul 21, 2021
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Akragas, Becker, Hill 16 22 viewshttps://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb418496192Mar 06, 2021
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BITHYNIA, Nikomedes II, Becker, Hill 8426 viewshttps://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb41848998sMar 06, 2021
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BITHYNIA, Nikomedes II, Becker, Hill 8414 viewshttps://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb418496897Mar 06, 2021
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Syrus, Syros, Becker, Hill 7113 viewshttps://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb418489932Mar 06, 2021
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Akarnania, Becker, Hill 5813 viewshttps://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb418488886Mar 06, 2021
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Akarnania, Becker, Hill 5811 viewshttps://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb41848889jMar 06, 2021

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