Kamnaskires Posted June 16, 2022 · Member Share Posted June 16, 2022 (edited) The Osroes I drachm, a Sellwood 80.1, listed as #1 in the group shot below, is currently listed by a major European auction house. The coin is, without question, struck from the same obverse and reverse dies used for a coin condemned by Dr. Alan Walker in the IBSCC’s Bulletin on Counterfeits, Vol. 19, No. 2, 1994/5, where it was illustrated as figure 7. It’s a well-known fake in the world of Parthian coinage, but continues to sneak into major auctions every now and then. I seriously hesitated to post this thread. However, it’s been about five days since I notified the auction house about the coin being a fake. They continue to list it, which is somewhat disheartening, and it has acquired a sixth bid within the past day. I’m not trying to be coy by not naming the firm – I’m just not comfortable “going there”. It will be easy enough for anyone who is interested to find it out. You’ve got the coin pictured below. Ample evidence was provided with the notification to the auction house: photos of other condemned coins that were produced from those exact same dies, links to the BOC issue, and even a fairly detailed explanation of the diagnostic details that tie the auctioneer's coin to the one in the BOC: the very distinctive pattern of pellets in the hair buns, the tiny extension (overshooting) of the vertical line that traverses the bottom eyelid on the obverse (more on that below), lettering of the legend, etc. For anyone reading this who may, someday, be on the lookout for an Sellwood 80.1 Osroes drachm: Watch out for that overshooting of the vertical line past the lower eyelid. Of course, you can study the concordance of all the other elements of the iconography to determine if a coin matches the fake dies, but it’s so much easier to simply check if that vertical line overshoots the lid. That extended line seems to only exist on the modern obverse die – and that die is always partnered with the modern reverse die seen below. In the group shot below – all fake, from the same dies – are (1) the current coin at auction, (2) an example from Forum’s Fake Coin Reports, (3) the coin condemned in the Bulletin on Counterfeits, (4) a coin (lot 338) removed by CNG from CNG 117 in 2021 upon my notification (unlike the current auction house, CNG did the right thing upon discovering they had a fake listed – they pulled it immediately), and (5) a coin I used to own before discovering it was a fake. (This is why I am so familiar with these dies.) I had purchased that last coin from Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio in November 2012, only to realize it was a fake three years later, in 2015. Even though Stacks would have been within their rights to deny me a refund at that point, they investigated, agreed with my assessment, accepted the return of the coin, and fully refunded me. Totally professional handling of the situation – that really impressed me. I still hold out hope that the current auction house withdraws coin #1 below. r 2012, only Edited June 17, 2022 by Kamnaskires 12 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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