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Edge - Electrotype Edge with Joint Where Two Halves are Glued Together64 viewsEdge - Electrotype Edge with Joint Where Two Halves are Glued Together. From a British Museum set of Roman Republic Replica Coins (Robert Ready?). The seams are obvious and the coins were not meant to deceive. Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Edge - Electrotype (Galvanocopy) Stamped RR (Robert Ready)106 viewsIn the late eighteenth to mid twentieth centuries electrotypes were made as originally officially sanctioned copies of specimens in public collections, including the Ashmolean and the British Museum. They were not meant to deceive, but were to be employed as teaching aids for numismatists who might not be able to see the genuine coins in the collection, and serve as display examples for individuals who wished to be able to have an example of specific coins. The majority of electrotype copies were produced by the British Museum, most under the auspices of Robert Cooper Ready and his sons between 1859 and 1931. A skilled seal maker and modeler, these electrotypes are known by the letters RR stamped on the coin’s edge. They are highly sought-after collectables in their own right. At one point, a large portion of the coin collection was electrotyped, which proved to be widely popular with Museum customers and art enthusiasts. However, later unscrupulous individuals used these electrotypes to deceive the unwary, and the British Museum halted the process. Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Edge - Electrotype (Galvanocopy) Stamped RR (Robert Ready)132 viewsIn the late eighteenth to mid twentieth centuries electrotypes were made as originally officially sanctioned copies of specimens in public collections, including the Ashmolean and the British Museum. They were not meant to deceive, but were to be employed as teaching aids for numismatists who might not be able to see the genuine coins in the collection, and serve as display examples for individuals who wished to be able to have an example of specific coins. The majority of electrotype copies were produced by the British Museum, most under the auspices of Robert Cooper Ready and his sons between 1859 and 1931. A skilled seal maker and modeler, these electrotypes are known by the letters RR stamped on the coin’s edge. They are highly sought-after collectables in their own right. At one point, a large portion of the coin collection was electrotyped, which proved to be widely popular with Museum customers and art enthusiasts. However, later unscrupulous individuals used these electrotypes to deceive the unwary, and the British Museum halted the process. Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Robert Ready - British Museum Electrotypes (Galvanocopies)40 viewsIn the late eighteenth to mid twentieth centuries electrotypes were made as originally officially sanctioned copies of specimens in public collections, including the Ashmolean and the British Museum. They were not meant to deceive, but were to be employed as teaching aids for numismatists who might not be able to see the genuine coins in the collection, and serve as display examples for individuals who wished to be able to have an example of specific coins. The majority of electrotype copies were produced by the British Museum, most under the auspices of Robert Cooper Ready and his sons between 1859 and 1931. A skilled seal maker and modeler, these electrotypes are known by the letters RR stamped on the coin’s edge. They are highly sought-after collectables in their own right. At one point, a large portion of the coin collection was electrotyped, which proved to be widely popular with Museum customers and art enthusiasts. However, later unscrupulous individuals used these electrotypes to deceive the unwary, and the British Museum halted the process. Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Bellini Medal, Ottoman Empire, Mehmet II, Sultan - British Museum electrotype by Robert or Augustus Ready27 viewsMehmet II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1451-1481).

Bronze medal by Gentile Bellini (c. 1480). [crescent] MAGNI SVLTAN I MOHAMETI I MPERATORI S. Bust of Mehmet l., with close-cropped beard, wearing turban, and gown with falling collar over under-garment. Rv. • GENTILIS BELLI NVS VENETVS EQVES AVRATVS COMESQ • PALATINVS F. The three crowns of Constantinople, Iconium and Trebizond; on rim, R. Ø 93 mm, 209.03 grams, 12h. British Museum electrotype by Robert or Augustus Ready. Hill 1930, 432; Armand I, p. 78. Pierced and Very Fine. (300-400)

This celebrated medal refers to Sultan Mehmet II, conqueror of Constantinople in 1453, as emperor. The three crowns on the reverse probably symbolize the three kingdoms constituting the sultan's empire, Greece, Asia, and Trebizond. The reverse legend, however, follows a common Italian medallic format, with the signature and titles of the artist, who had been knighted by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III during a visit to Venice in 1469. This is the only medal by Bellini, who was already a celebrated painter.
Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Roman Republic, Anonymous Dedrachm, c. 269-266 B.C. - British Museum Electrotype (Galvanocopy) Stamped R (Robert Ready) on the Edge33 viewsAnonymous. Circa 269-266 BC. Electrotype copy Didrachm – Quadrigatus (21mm, 6.49 g, 6h). British Museum electrotype. Diademed head of Hercules right, club on shoulder, lion skin around neck / She-wolf standing right, suckling twins Remus and Romulus. Cf. Crawford 20/1; cf. Sydenham 6; cf. RSC 8; BMCRE pl. lxxiv, 9 (for original). Good VF. Edge stamped R[R] (for Robert Ready, electrotypist for the British Museum).

Courtesy of CNG.
Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Kroton, Bruttium, Italy - Robert Ready British Museum Electrotype (Galvanocopy)19 viewsBruttium, Kroton, Robert Ready British Museum Electrotype imitating Kroton, c. 280-277 BC, Stater, HNItaly 2178; SNG ANS 357. This is a copy made by the British Museum for study purposes.Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Terina, Bruttium, Italy Silver Nomos - British Museum electrotype by Robert Ready (marked R on edge)17 viewsBRUTTIUM, Terina, electrotype copy of silver nomos of type (c.425-420 B.C.), (7.50 g), obv. female head to right, wreath around, rev. Nike seated right on hydria, holding kerykeion, bird behind, (S.-, Holloway & Jenkins 36 (this piece as the copy), HN Italy 2589). The edge has the letter R (Ready) into edge. Robert Cooper Ready and his sons made tens of thousands of electrotype copies of coins, medals and seals in the British Museum.Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Messana, Sicily - Unsigned electrotype (British Museum?)17 viewsMessana, Sicily, Unsigned electrotype (British Museum?). charioteer driving biga of mules, Nike hovering above, rev. hare leaping right, dolphin below. Electrotype (galvanocopy). Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Naxos, Sicily - Robert Ready Electrotype (Galvanocopy) Stamped R on Edge28 viewsTetradrachm of Naxos in Sicily c. 460 BC, head of Dionysos right, rev. ithyphallic Silenos squatting facing, holding kantharos, R (Robert Ready) on edgeJoe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Edge - Electrotype (Galvanocopy) Stamped RR (Robert Ready)112 viewsIn the late eighteenth to mid twentieth centuries electrotypes were made as originally officially sanctioned copies of specimens in public collections, including the Ashmolean and the British Museum. They were not meant to deceive, but were to be employed as teaching aids for numismatists who might not be able to see the genuine coins in the collection, and serve as display examples for individuals who wished to be able to have an example of specific coins. The majority of electrotype copies were produced by the British Museum, most under the auspices of Robert Cooper Ready and his sons between 1859 and 1931. A skilled seal maker and modeler, these electrotypes are known by the letters RR stamped on the coin’s edge. They are highly sought-after collectables in their own right. At one point, a large portion of the coin collection was electrotyped, which proved to be widely popular with Museum customers and art enthusiasts. However, later unscrupulous individuals used these electrotypes to deceive the unwary, and the British Museum halted the process. Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Athens, Greece - Robert Ready Electrotype26 viewsATTIQUE, ATHENES, AR décadrachme. Electrotype (1859-1901) par Robert Ready. D/ T. casquée d''Athéna à d., le casque orné d''un fleuron et de trois feuilles d''olivier. R/ ΑΘE Chouette de f., les ailes déployées. Dans le champ supérieur g., une branche d''olivier. BMC 40 (cet exemplaire). 46,76g Initiales RR sur la tranche.Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Edge - Electrotype (Galvanocopy) Ptolemaic Bronze Replica109 viewsPtolemaic Bronze Replica - Electrotype (Galvanocopy)

Ptolemaic bronze coin (AE32, 25.2gm). It is 'light' for its size. Note a little 'bumpiness' of the surface near the face of Zeus. And the 'coppery' color is unusual for a real Ptolemaic bronze - another hint it's not right. Note also the 'dent' at the edge in front of Zeus. Flaws in cast Ptolemaic bronze flans aren't that unusual but this is probably an actual dent of the copper electrotype shell.

Magnification of sections of the edge seam are provided below the obverse and reverse images.
Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Ptolemaic Bronze Replica - Electrotype (Galvanocopy) 18 viewsPtolemaic Bronze Replica - Electrotype (Galvanocopy)

Ptolemaic bronze coin (AE32, 25.2gm). It is 'light' for its size. Note a little 'bumpiness' of the surface near the face of Zeus. And the 'coppery' color is unusual for a real Ptolemaic bronze - another hint it's not right. Note also the 'dent' at the edge in front of Zeus. Flaws in cast Ptolemaic bronze flans aren't that unusual but this is probably an actual dent of the copper electrotype shell.

Magnification of sections of the edge seam are provided below the obverse and reverse images.
Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Electrotype (Galvanocopy) Edge Seam With Fill of a Different Metal91 viewsPtolemaic bronze coin (AE32, 25.2gm). The is an electrotype (assembled from plated 'shell' halves, filled with lead or tin), possibly of a cast. It's unusual in that this 'size' for this type doesn't exist so the original is something of a mystery. And it's highly unusual to find a fake Ptolemaic bronze at all. It was probably an educational or museum study piece not intended to deceive.

Magnification of an area of the seam where separation is notable and there's some gray material between the edges of the seam
Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Edge - Electrotype (Galvanocopy) Ptolemaic Bronze Replica99 viewsPtolemaic bronze coin (AE32, 25.2gm). The is an electrotype (assembled from plated 'shell' halves, filled with lead or tin), possibly of a cast. It's unusual in that this 'size' for this type doesn't exist so the original is something of a mystery. And it's highly unusual to find a fake Ptolemaic bronze at all. It was probably an educational or museum study piece not intended to deceive.

Magnification of an area of the seam where separation is notable and there's some gray material between the edges of the seam.
Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Edge - Electrotype (Galvanocopy) Ptolemaic Bronze Replica114 viewsPtolemaic bronze coin (AE32, 25.2gm). The is an electrotype (assembled from plated 'shell' halves, filled with lead or tin), possibly of a cast. It's unusual in that this 'size' for this type doesn't exist so the original is something of a mystery. And it's highly unusual to find a fake Ptolemaic bronze at all. It was probably an educational or museum study piece not intended to deceive.

Magnification of edge of the coin showing an apparent seam, but hard to tell because at this point the seam is nearly perfect but there are some file marks. See our additional images of this coin where the seam and the fill material are easily visible.
Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Edge - Electrotype (Galvanocopy) Ptolemaic Bronze Replica114 viewsPtolemaic bronze coin (AE32, 25.2gm). The is an electrotype (assembled from plated 'shell' halves, filled with lead or tin), possibly of a cast. It's unusual in that this 'size' for this type doesn't exist so the original is something of a mystery. And it's highly unusual to find a fake Ptolemaic bronze at all. It was probably an educational or museum study piece not intended to deceive.

Magnification of small area of the gray material seem, probed to reveal shiny soft fill metal - apparently lead or tin.
Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Electrotype (Galvanocopy) Edge Stamped GB, MB, R, or RR. 89 viewsThese are electrotype copies of coins in the British Museum. They are sometimes sold as genuine. In particular, if you see a group of beautiful ancient silver coins sold as a bulk lot on eBay by a seemingly ignorant seller, suspect they are electrotypes. Electrotype fakes are near perfect copies on the obverse and reverse, but each side must be made separately and then joined. This creates an edge seem that is difficult to disguise. Also the weight is likely to be incorrect. The set in the photo is stamped GB on the edge. Others are known to have been stamped with MB, R, or RR. See the Fake Coin Edge Study Images for examples of electrotype (galvanocopy) fakes. Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Electrotype (Galvanocopy) Edge Stamped GB107 viewsSome electrotype copies of coins from the British Museum and are marked GB on the edge. Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Edge - Electrotype (Galvanocopy) Stamped GB131 viewsSome electrotype copies of coins from the British Museum and are marked GB on the edge. Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Septimius Severus denarius15 viewsSeptimius Severus denarius
19 mm 2.80 gm
Obverse: SEVERVS AVG PART MAX
Laureate bust right.
Reverse:. RESTITVTOR VRBIS
Emperor in military tunic sacrificing over portable altar, holding inverted spear in left hand.
Good quality cast fake, but not silver. Could be dangerous in the right metal.
Joe SermariniApr 05, 2019
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Balbinus Antoninianus18 viewsBalbinus Antoninianus

Wrong metal. Reverse of Tranquillina(?)
Joe SermariniMar 28, 2019
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Otho Denarius RIC I 16 - Slavey24 viewsSilver denarius, RIC I 16 (R3), RSC II 24, BMCRE I 24, BnF III 21, Hunter I 6, SRCV I 2165, weight 3.520 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 15 Jan - Feb 69 A.D.; obverse IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right; reverse VICTORIA OTHONIS, Victory walking left, wreath extended in right hand, palm frond in left hand; 23/1000 coins of this type in Jyrki Muona' Otho die-study; very rare.

This is a dangerous Slavey fake, struck with modern dies. The type is often sold as genuine and even found published as genuine in at least one reference.
Joe SermariniMar 23, 2019
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