I just had a bunch of newps from the last five months imaged ...
A upgraded ancient to a type I already have. This one has clean fields where my old one was rough but with details.
You are very right there are fake ancients, many are posted here every week. Many come from cereal box promotions from the 60's and the like. The ancient field, since we have been dealing with them for hundreds of years, simply is more versed with dealing with them than other fields that haven't had such a problem until recently.
Should someone who hasn't personally handled a ton of ancient coins and educated themselves on them buy coins from just anywhere? Of course not, new collectors should buy from ancient dealers, or have an ancient collector help them. Once you spend a number of years around these, you start recognizing the fakes for what they are, and learn how to spot 90% of them in 5 seconds if the coin is in your hand.
Btw Jello, you mention fakes "made at the same time", that would be a contemporary counterfiet. Those are just about as valuable as authentic coins, and very interesting. We have no problem with coins if they are of the correct age, on who minted them. There are some wonderful collections of "limes" coins, imitation Roman coins made on the outskirts of the empire. I own a few myself, and love them. In many ways a lot of celtic coins could be classified as contemporary counterfiets, since they were imitating Greek issues in their designs. I prefer the celtic coins to the greek ones.
Last edited by medoraman; 01-12-2012 at 12:19 PM.
A big thanks to Cazkaboom for hooking me up with these.
These coins are really pretty in hand. I would take pictures myself but it wouldn't look as good and plus I see the toning is really hard to capture with the camera.
Just back from the PCGS picture studio. PR62Cam
Nice, Robec! That's a beautiful piece. Thanks for showing it! -L