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About extant4cell

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  1. try on your phone. it opened without a problem...
  2. Which makes Sigi's coin as authentic as it can get.
  3. Yep, this one. Didn't realize that image did not show up. Fixed it now. Can you show yours? I have the feeling there should be at least a dozen of them around.
  4. Looks like a novodel to me. Nice find!
  5. Very nice one! Early KM and early TM coins have similar problems...
  6. This is an interesting "antiquarian copy" of 4 kopecks 1796, as I would call it, that I bought at the last Katz auction. Looks somewhat same as or better than the so called 5 kopecks of 1796 (bеlow) that started appearing at the auctions in the last 20sh years mimicking the real coins (which are extremely illusive)... Happy with this filler as I doubt I will ever be able to afford a real cipher 4 kopecks...
  7. Hi IgorS, I asked Mr. Arefiev about access to these materials, here is his reply: "Your best bet to get good copies of the Brand sale pages would be American Numismatic Society in New York. They have a large collection of auction catalogues and welcome customer requests." Can you, or anyone, please suggest me a good contact in ANS in NY to access the scans of cipher coins with their descriptions (preferably)?
  8. Somehow I missed this in 2019... They are still available from Russian grading company on whose request they were issued: http://www.nnrcoin.ru/80i.Medal_2019_SPMD.htm I've secured mine from another source. In any case they should have no problem sending this medal overseas, I believe, as it is a newly produced item and you should be still able to get it. MEDAL “GRAND DUKE GEORGE MIKHAILOVICH - AUGUST NUMISMATIST” By order of the National Numismatic Register LLC at the St. Petersburg Mint - a branch of Goznak JSC, a commemorative medal “Grand Duke George Mikhail
  9. Where it comes to the 1845 year it is certainly a hypothesis. The production year can be speculated on. Igor, thank you for an interesting suggestion on a book. We have it in the state library, I will try to access it: https://trove.nla.gov.au/version/22562193
  10. I do not insist that this rouble has been made exactly in 1845, the edge inscription is pointing at that date, though. The alternative would be that this novodel was made in any other year on a "saved" blank or that a new blank has been used, which was made with the earliest found edging tools at the SPB mint, which by coincidence happen to be the edging tools from 1845 (but I'd find this just as unbelievable as making coin in 1845). Going back to 1845, The Arslan coin is not a clone and not an exact copy where dies were made from the coin, so Champney's patent was not employed here. The dies
  11. This is a valid point, Igor, that I noted in the article, referring to the possible making of a coin like this in 1845, as a daring attempt that could cost the "prankster" a lot. Though, it was almost 15 years after Constantine I passed away... The assumption that I made is based only on numismatic attributes of the coin that can be studied, and what I presented in the article is only my line of thought, leaning towards a careful announcement of a new possible novodel made on the blank from 1845 rouble (I may got overexcited with this thought! ). There are many things that point to
  12. The article has been updated with additional photographs from Armen, including pictures of Constantine rouble from Hermitage, which Prof. Spasski sent to Mr. Arslan. To get to it, follow the same link.
  13. Thank you guys, for your valuable evaluation and your praises are very pleasing. It was wonderful to work with Armen on researching the coin, and with the spark of magic information from Gunter, and others, who positively contributed to discussion, I felt that the puzzle pieces finally fell in place. It was fun to learn typing in German, so I could translate Fuchs's paper piece (one of my highlights). Hope this will help Armen with successful placement of his coin into good auction and sell it well, when (if) he decides to do that. The MiM's sister coin is possibly in Mr. Ushakov collection. H
  14. Here is my small research article (in English), that came out as a result of collaboration with Gunter and others on SM, material analysis and further coin inspection. The main question in the article that I am trying to answer: is the Arslan collection coin an antiquarian forgery or a novodel? Please let me know what you think of it. We can hopefully discuss it here, or at least it would be great to hear your opinion. To download the article simply follow the link: http://www.numistika.com/books/1825 Arslan Collection Constantine I pattern Antiquarian forgery - novodel.pdf
  15. I got a lot of coins I have no idea I bid on... Lucky me! 😄😄😄 I'll let my little one to start her own collection.
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