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I haven't had any delivery issues with shipments from Hungary, though I've only had a few (knock on wood).  The shipping may be slow, but the package should arrive, eventually.

My latest shipment from Hungary has been delayed due to a screw-up on my part.  I forgot to pay for the coin for about three months!  This was through MA Shops, and I did not check my purchased coins list.  I made an offer for the coin and assumed that it was sold to another collector when I didn't hear from the seller, not knowing that this does not always occur.  So, the coin was sold to me, and being a fool, forgot to check MA Shops.  It is in transit now, but I think the line from the song "Those were the days", "We're older but no wiser" certainly applies to me.

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On 12/21/2022 at 5:02 PM, Spaniard said:

I'm actually interested in their artifacts section, primarily fibulii.

They look authentic, probably md finds?

 

Just a head's up that unless you're an expert yourself or trust a dealer as a reputable expert, ancient fibulae and other brooches are perhaps the most commonly fake or misattributed type of artifact on the market.  Almost always, they're presented as metal detector finds and/or from some unidentified old collection. For example, just about every month in the ancient artifacts io group, one of the members presents a detailed pdf with all of the phony or misattributed brooches offered on Catawiki during the previous month. Here are links to a couple of recent ones, although I don't know if the links work outside that group:

https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/groupsioattachments/40751/95916016/97768/0?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJECNKOVMCCU3ATNQ&Expires=1672357891&Signature=%2Fq%2FlHwPl6XSeXW57lTy4g08%2B9QI%3D&response-content-disposition=inline%3B+filename%3D"catawiki-11-22.pdf"

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1epPgGVSre7HS8wQPLP8dIPHfIeqK4mBw/view

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I just wanted to add that all of these analyses are available online at https://sites.google.com/view/trinketortreasure/?pli=1 , going back to 2020. There's also a 20-page pdf from 2009 available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ITC25h1pdSNma71_JJfZkA3QK67tq42d/view , entitled "Enhanced and Lying Fibulae," a general guide to what should be avoided. I also recommend Bron Lipkin's pages on fake ancient brooches, beginning at http://www.collector-antiquities.com/real-or-fake/fake-roman-brooches.html .

Me, I've never bought a purportedly ancient fibula or other brooch. I'm too concerned that even with all these resources, I wouldn't be able to tell a fake or misattributed specimen from a genuine one.

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@DonnaML...

Thanks!....Some very interesting discussions...I only have 3 fibulae two of which I know the person who dug them out of the ground...The other I bought (cheaply) from a detectorist from here on ebay...It definitely has a fake patina!

I think one of the main problems are the pins that are usually repaired or added to make the brooch look more aesthetically pleasing..I'm now only collecting fibulae without pins hopefully this will reduce the risk of fakes/tampered with pieces...

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