“CAST FORGERIES OF CLASSICAL COINS FROM BULGARIA”
by I.Prokopov and E.Paunov
(‘Coin Collections and Coin Hoards
from Bulgaria’ no. 3), in English, format 16°, 88 pp., glossy black paperback, 112 coins in bronze, silver and gold, 27 casts, 14 pages in full color.
Sofia, SP-P Publishing, October 2004.
SUMMARY: Foreword. Catalogue and Remarks. Photo Details and Enlargements. List of abbreviations.
This is the third book on the counterfeits of ancient coins from present-day Bulgaria. In 1997, a team of three co-authors lead by Dr. Prokopov prepared and edited a first small book of fake coins, which was subsequently published in Sofia. The present catalogue is a result of that continuing initiative and work.
In this format (22.5×14.5 cm) is published a large group of modern and ancient cast forgeries of Greek and Roman coins coming from Bulgaria. 112 coins in gold, silver, copper and bronze are catalogued and illustrated with nice black & white photos in chronological and geographic principle. For the first time a group of 15 coins and details are presented in full color. In the beginning, authors show 11 Roman contemporary cast coins from Moesia – 5 asses and 11 denarii. Next a pseudo-hoard of fake and genuine Roman Imperial coins – consisting of 2 aurei and 74 denarii, is shown. The Bulgarian police authorities at the customs deprived it in the fall of 2003. From the total number of coins, 6 specimens are Greek and Macedonian (4 in silver, 2 in bronze); 83 Roman (Republican – 1 denarius; Imperial: – 82, (3 in gold, 80 in silver, 11 in bronze, 1 in lead). A special section of the catalogue is devoted to a modern rubber/plastic negative matrix for making imprints of cast models of Roman Imperial denarii. All are illustrated in detail and commented.
A comprehensive 7-pages introduction provides background information about the phenomenon of coin forgery production in modern Bulgaria. The pattern, technology of casting and methods of authentication are discussed as well as some up-to-date references are quoted.
Finding an authentic ancient coin is like winning a game of poker. It gives you a sense of satisfaction and pride. This publication is devoted to serve to professional numismatists and amateur collectors and make familiar with the most recent fake types of ancient coins.