2019

Forgeries of Medieval Bracteates

Reprint No. 2019:66

Author(s): Roger SvenssonYear: 2019 Title: Polish Numismatic News Volume (No.): LXIII (2019) Pages: 165–177
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Forgeries of Medieval Bracteates Roger Svensson


Forgeries of coins can either be contemporary or modern. Already in the Middle Ages, it was well known that bracteates were considerably more difficult to counterfeit than two-faced coins. The main reason is that bracteates are struck with a more complicated technology originating from goldsmithing. Therefore, most bracteate forgeries have been produced since the eighteenth century. Compared to original bracteates, modern bracteate forgeries often have the following characteristics: 1) an incorrect weight; 2) a lower relief; 3) sharper contours on the reverse; 4) an artistically clumsy design; 5) evidence of being struck with the same die if there are several specimens; and/or 6) empty fields in the background.


Reference:
Svensson, Roger (2019), "Forgeries of Medieval Bracteates". Polish Numismatic News LXIII(2019), 165–177.

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