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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
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Evidence of Pressing


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Machine pressed vs. hand struck.

16 files, last one added on Jul 02, 2015
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Evidence of Modern Tool Use to Cut Dies


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Machine made dies...

20 files, last one added on Jun 02, 2010
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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
Album viewed 196 times

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
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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
Album viewed 185 times

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.

43 files, last one added on Sep 15, 2022
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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.

1331 files, last one added on Nov 26, 2021
Album viewed 405 times

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
Album viewed 312 times

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
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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.

88 files, last one added on Aug 22, 2022
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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
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Modern Fake Dies


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504 files, last one added on Nov 26, 2021
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Other Indications of Forgery


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21 files, last one added on Apr 05, 2019
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Last additions - Fake Coin Study Images - Learn to Identify Fake Coins
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Close-up of false patina on fake Aelius denarius 2 viewsSo bad... Zero silver.
Just look at the fill.. ugh. I so wish this would have been real.
Whou would do such a thing? I know exactly who was complicit in selling this.

Ron C3Sep 15, 2022
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Julian II Follis of Heraclea1 viewsVery badly tooled obverse*AlexAug 22, 2022
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Transfer and modern dies from Sicily 24 viewsTransfer and modern dies from Sicily Din XNov 26, 2021
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Cigoi, Caligula, Germanicus 12 viewsDie match number 100 in "Opus monetale Cigoi, Bologna 1966 von Lodovico Brunetti "
CNG sold die matching one but cast and brass cast as Cigoi 100

Din XNov 26, 2021
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Babylon forgery, Tryphon3 viewsMYRINA AND RELATED FORGERIES by Philip Kinns
There numbrer 24a and a hybrid with same reverse die number 27
Din XNov 26, 2021
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Thebes, Stater Caprara, Kinns 21 10 viewsThebes, Stater Caprara, Kinns 21

https://ikmk.smb.museum/object?id=18284813
Din XNov 10, 2021
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Samos, Caprara, Kinns 59 9 viewsSamos, Caprara, Kinns 59

https://ikmk.smb.museum/object?lang=de&id=18284833&view=rs
Din XNov 10, 2021
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Macedon, Caprara, Kinns 10 4 viewsMacedon, Caprara, Kinns 10

https://ikmk.smb.museum/object?lang=de&id=18284803&view=rs
Din XNov 09, 2021

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