Wayne G. Sayles: Classical Deception

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 (2001 Hardcover)

From the author of the acclaimed Ancient Coin Collecting series comes yet another essential resource—one that could save collectors considerable money and frustration. Counterfeits are relatively common among ancient coins, yet knowing where the dangers lie is key to avoiding disaster as a collector or investor. Accordingly, Classical Deception takes an objective and candid look at the history of falsifying ancient coins. It traces the careers of well-known forgers and discusses the many fakes that proliferate the modern market. Topics covered include manufacturing techniques, collector response to the problem and tools and methods of detecting fakes. Special sections include a catalog of the previously unpublished work of reproduction artist Peter Rosa and extensive bibliographies leading to a wealth of technical information.

- The essential guide to identifying counterfeit ancient coins and avoiding financial disaster
- Illustrated with more than 200 photos to help differentiate authentic coins from fakes