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Фалшификати на провинциални аполонийски монети
Counterfeits of Provincial Apolonian coins

Author(s): Yanislav Tachev
Subject(s): History, Archaeology
Published by: Шуменски университет »Епископ Константин Преславски«
Keywords: Counterfeits; Apolonian coins

Summary/Abstract: Very soon after the appearance of the coins - already in the 6th century BC, emerged the striving for their counterfeiting and imitation as money.The coins of Apollonia Pontica are among of the most counterfeited antique coins. There are a number of studies on fake silver autonomous coins and it can be asserted that they are well investigated.Provincial urban coins are also subject to counterfeiting. Until now, this is-sue has not been addressed, except for a publication by T. Gerasimov some half a century ago.Over the last two decades on auctions in Western European countries, modern counterfeits of Apollonian coins, difficult to identify, emerged.In the present study we have included such four specimens put up for sale in 2010, 2015, 2017and 2018. The precise comparative analysis of the coins dies proves that the three counterfeits are modern replicas of Apollonian provincial coins produced in Bulgaria. The replicas are part of a series of souvenirs, freely produced and sold with a certificate.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 197-202
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian