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FAKE_Bactria_Menander_S7546_sm.jpg
Baktria, Menander TetradrachmBaktria, Menander. 160-140 BC. AR Tetradrachm (4.68 gm). Helmeted bust r. / Athena Promachos stg. l, brandishing thunderbolt and holding aegis. XX monogram to l. VF. Sold on ebay by GBA Ltd in 1999. Sear 7546 or 7597.
Diagnostic: Looks like Bop. Serie 15; HGC 12 #182, but underweight, too perfectly round, misspellings.
Nov 01, 2019
Thrace_Messembria_AlexanderIII_Price1082.jpg
Alexander III, Price 1082Thrace, Alexander III, (posthumos) 175-65 BC. AR Tetradrachm.  Head of Herakles wearing lionskin, r. Mesembria mint. / Zeus enthroned, eagle on outstretched arm. Price 1082, Muller 481. cf. CNG 61 #432. Sold on ebay by Crown Numismatics in March 2002.Nov 01, 2019
FAKE_Macedon_DemPoliorketes.jpg
Demetrios Poliorketes, TetradrachmMacedon, Demetrios Poliorketes, 306-285 BC. AR Tetradrachm of Pella.  Diademed bust r., with bull's horn.  /  Herakles standing l., r. foot on rock, staff in l. hand.  ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ r., ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ l. aVF Sold on ebay in 2004 by Quality Auctions. Likely cast of modern Slavey replica, white alloy, great number of bubbles.  HGC 3.1 #1014a; Newell DP #89; Sear 6764.Oct 29, 2019
FAKE_Thrace_Thasos_S1746.jpg
Thasos, StaterThasos, Stater, Sear 1746.  Thasos 463-411 BC AR Stater Ithyphallic Satyr bearing nymph.  /  Quadripartite incuse punch gVF. Sold on ebay in January 2004 by Quality Auctions. HGC 6 #334; Sear 1746.Oct 29, 2019
FAKE_Rome_Procopius_s4120.jpg
Procopius, SiliquaProcopius, 365-366 AR Siliqua Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust l. D N PROCOPIVS P F AVG  /  VOT/V within wreath. VF. Sold on ebay in January 2004 by Quality Auctions. RIC - .  cf Sear 4120; RSC - .  Oct 29, 2019
FAKE_Aegina_Stater_cfBMC190.jpg
Aigina, Tortoise StaterAigina 350 BC AR Stater. Tortoise, with segmented shell  /  Incuse square of skew pattern, with A-IΓI in top two squares. Dolphin in lower l. Good VF.  Sold on ebay in Oct. 2003 by Quality Auctions. cf. BMC 190, Sotheby's 6044 #433.Oct 29, 2019
FAKE_Macedon_Neapolis_SNGCop_224.jpg
Neapolis, Stater, SNG Cop. 224. Macedon, Neapolis 525-450 BC AR Stater Gorgoneion facing.  /  Incuse punch, skewed square. VF. Sold on ebay in Oct. 2003 by Quality Auctions. SNG Cop. 224 Oct 29, 2019
FAKE_RomanRepublic_SextusPompey_S1390.jpg
Sextus Pompey, Denarius. Crawford 483/2Sextus Pompey.  44 BC AR Denarius. Head of Neptune, r.  NEPTVNI.  Sea creature below. Trident to field to r. / Galley r., star above.  ex: NASIDIVS.  Good VF. Sold on ebay in Oct 2003 by Quality Auctions. Sear 1390. Crawford 483/2. Oct 29, 2019
FAKE_Rome_Hadrian_RIC310.jpg
Hadrian, Denarius, RIC 310Hadrian, 117-138 AD. AR Denarius. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P. His bare head right.  /  NILVS, Nilus reclining r., holding reed and cornicopiae. At feet, hippopotamus, crocodile below.  near VF. Sold on ebay in 2002 by KDL Coins (alias for Toronto Group).  RIC 310; Sear V 3508; RSC 991; BMC 862.Oct 26, 2019
FAKE_Rome_Balbinus_RIC3_RSC10.jpg
Balbinus, Denarius, RIC 3Balbinus 238 AD AR Denarius Draped & cuirrassed bust r.  IMP CD CAE L BALBINVS AVG  / LIBERALITAS AVGVSTORVM, Liberalitas standing facing, head left, holding abacus and cornucopiae. VF. Sold on ebay in 2002 by KDL Coins (alias for Toronto Group). RIC 3; RSC 10. Oct 26, 2019
FAKE_Macedon_URR_S1386.jpg
Macedon, Tetradrachm, Sear 1462Macedon, Under Roman Rule. After 168 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Macedonian shield, at center diademed bust of Artemis Tauropolos r. w/ quiver over shoulder. Amphipolis mint.  /  Macedonian war club within oak wreath, thunderbolt to l. MAΚEΔOΝΩΝ above & ΠΡΟTHΣ below. VF. Sold on ebay in 2002 by KDL Coins (alias for Toronto Group).  Sear 1462. Oct 26, 2019
FAKE_Rome_Macrinus_S2052.jpg
Macrinus, Denarius, RIC IV 66.Macrinus, 217-218 BC. AR Denarius. Laureate and cuirassed bust right. IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG /  FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing facing, head right, holding standard in each hand.  VF . Sold on ebay in 2002 by KDL Coins (alias for Toronto Group). RIC IV 68, RSC 26, BMC 14.Oct 26, 2019
FAKE_Rome_Hadrian_S1088.jpg
Hadrian, Denarius, RIC 306dRome, Hadrian 117-138 AD AR Denarius HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P. His bare head right.  /  Hispania reclining left, resting on rock, holding olive branch.  VF. Sold on ebay in 2002 by KDL Coins (alias for Toronto Group). RIC 306d, RSC 822.  Oct 26, 2019
FAKE_rome_juliuscaesar_s355.jpg
Julius Caesar, 49-44 BC. AR Denarius RSC 12Julius Caesar, 49-44 BC. AR Denarius of North Africa, 47-46 BC.  Diademed head of Venus right  /  CAESAR. Aeneas walking left, carrying Anchises and palladium. VF Purchased on ebay in 2002 from KDL Coins (alias for Toronto Group). Sear I #1402, CRI 54; BMCRR East 31; Crawford RRC 458/1, RSC 12; Sydenham CRR 1013.Oct 26, 2019
Thrace_Kallatis_SNG-Cop176.jpg
Kallatis, Moesia Inferior (Skythia)Kallatis, Moesia Inferior (Skythia), c. 281-250 BC. Drachm (17mm, 3.73 gm). Die axis ↖ (300°)
Head of Herakles right, clad in lion skin headdress. / Upright stalk of grain, club, and bow in case, with quiver; ethnic KAΛΛATIA between club and bow case.
Reference: HGC 3.2 #1825; AMNG I, p.97, #196 (plate I #17); SNG BM Black Sea #202; SNG Cop 2 (Thrace) #176.

Weight: Severely underweight for a drachm (usually c. 5.6 gm), or overweight for a hemidrachm (c. 2.8 gm).
Strike: Exceptional detail; uniform strike on both obverse and reverse.
Patina: Uniformly clean, grey silver where not artificially tarnished in strikingly beautiful manner.
Flan: Not magnetic. Flan thickness varies markedly from left to right, from approx. 0.5mm to 2mm.
Closely resembles reported coins published in the IAPN BOC Vol 20, No. 1 in 1995 (“Modern fake of Bulgarian manufacture”) as shown in Fake Coin Reports here and here.

Purchased on ebay in 2000. Seller not on NFSL.
Oct 26, 2019
 
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