Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Vess1, Aug 20, 2019.
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There are fakes that anyone with common sense could know are fakes (there is a fake of Julius Caesar clearly dated 44 BC) and there are fakes that fool many people with considerable experience. Even the best will be fooled occasionally.
The most often faked coins are those that appeal to the most people. That includes the Athenian owl tetradrachms, Tribute Pennies (Tiberius denarius) and 30 pieces of silver (Shekels of Tyre). There are fakes of low demand, common coins but there are types where you see more fakes than real ones. Find a dealer you trust and buy the coins he sells.
Just be aware that a slab, while certainly a vote of confidence in, is not a guarantee of a coin's legitimacy. Slabbing companies can make mistakes, too.
True but there are several companies that encase coins in plastic but have little or no knowledge of coins. They could be fake or not by luck. IF you are going to spend the money on a slabbed coin, you might pay extra for a good company like NGC but please don't think that a plastic case adds any value on its own. There are many companies I have not studied but the only one I have seen as adding any value on a consistent basis is NGC.
However, if you try eBay or buy from sellers who are not vetted, consider these possibilities.
has many ancient-coin fakes identified. On the main page ignore the three "Class, Category, and sub-category" lines and just enter something in the "Keywords" line, usually the name of the Greek city or Roman emperor.
Forum Ancient Coins has a forum with fake coin reports and a list of eBay fakesellers:
It is an extensive site and you can learn a lot about fakes from it.
Read this web page for good advice:
There is an email list with reports of fakesellers on eBay:
Maybe you don't want this much involvement with the identification of fakes. Okay. Then be sure not to buy from listed fakesellers. Here is Forum's list:
Here is another:
Do not think that fakesellers lists are complete. They are not. There are new fakesellers popping up every week.
Do not think that a high percentage feedback means the seller does not sell fakes. It doesn't. Many sellers of fakes have 100% feedback because the suckers who bought from them do not know they bought a fake instead of a bargain (and, they did not read the above pages!)
Do not think that sellers not on the lists are necessarily selling genuine coins. Many sellers not on the lists are not good at weeding out fakes and occasionally offer them as genuine.
What the fakesellers lists do tell you is that you are taking a big and unnecessary risk if you buy from a listed fakeseller.
And it's a very minimal/cheap way to learn from the experience.
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