Counterfeits of Roman and Byzantine gold coins (PDF)


80 pages, digital format only (PDF). Downloads instantly upon purchase.

Author © 2015 Ilya S. Prokopov

ISBN 978-954-92000-4-1

Sections in the book:

  • A descriptive text section (pp.7 – 28) about history of coin forgery as well as technical observations and conclusions;
  • Catalogue (pp.29-77) with 121 high resolution photos of coins and coin dies including magnified imagery;
  • Lab analysis (pp.78-79) of the metal dies are made of.

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“Counterfeits of Roman and Byzantine gold coins.  Revealing the secret of how they are made.” by Ilya Prokopov.

This book presents a group of coin dies for striking or pressing of fake golden Roman and Byzantine coins. These dies are made by a unique method during a long and elaborate process.

Production process overview:
Quality images are taken from genuine golden coins. Then by a galvanoplasty method dies are produced – they sit in a galvanic vat for tens of days, sometimes a month. The metal they are made of is in fact pure nickel.

The dies presented in this book are mainly combinations of obverse and reverse variations. There are also a few single dies. This clearly shows that the ‘collection’ has been scattered. Even though, the part that we publish here provides us with some important conclusions on coin forgeries and the forgery process itself.

We believe the book can be of practical use for readers. Careful observation and comparison could prevent them from buying fake coins.

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