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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 Mikhailovich - August Numismatist” was dated for the 100th anniversary of the execution of George in 1919). On the front side of the coin in a patterned rim there is a relief portrait of the Grand Duke and a circular inscription: “GRAND DUKE GEORGE MIKHAILOVICH - AUGUST NUMISMAT”. On the reverse side there is a relief image of St. George the Victorious with the abbreviation: “NR” on top and the year of minting “2019” below, on the sides the inscription: “PURE SILVER ½ TROYSK. OZ. ” The author of the medal design is Olga Yanchenko, designer of the St. Petersburg Mint - a branch of Goznak JSC. The medal is made of proof-like quality from 925 sterling silver, the standard weight is 16.82 grams, and the medal diameter is 33 mm. A total of 500 copies were produced. Medal by NNR - 2019 Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich - August numismatist 1863-1919
  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 are newly cut very close to the original coin image, but the differences are there. As Fuchs put it, the dies were made by a medalist who wanted to prove that he could make better dies than original ones. Not sure if he succeed in doing this (Fuchs believed he did to a degree), but he made a coin better than Troubetskoy French minted coins in image and in attention to "secret" details. How was that possible without the insider information, where did they get original image from, was the person cutting dies associated with those who were involved in making original rouble, in any way, and when that could have happen? These questions will probably remain unanswered.
  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 a novodel nature of this coin. I am not ready to debate the date of production until (hopefully) we can get additional information on the edge of MiM's rouble. But the hopes of getting it at this stage aren't high. As always I really appreciate your constructive criticism. Thank you! My line of thought when I debated this with myself went something like this: I understood that Shubert had this coin way before the end of the reign of tsar Nicholas I, and though he did not announce it to the world until Nicholas passed away, I'd assume that he was a human and could talk about it or even show it to someone. Again, the workers of St. Petersburg Mint could talk in secret too, as their tongues were not cut off, and let's not forget the assumed engraver, who made some copies of rare medals and coins legally, and (as rumored) not so much. In any case, the department of finance locked away 5 coins, and instrument with dies in their chambers, but not the hearts of people who knew about the business of Constantine roubles production. There were other ways for a secret news to spread in small circles and attempts could have been made at replicating what at that point of time could be considered lost forever... This thought is shocking only until you sleep on it... Russia was full of daring people at that time, hence the Decembrists... There is an alternative, of cause, that novodel was made in any other year on a "saved" blank or with the use of the earliest found edging tools at the SPB mint. I have Союз Спасения (Union of Salvation) on my list of things to watch. Thank you for reminding!
  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. He is the top bread man in Russia and not easy to access, but I will try to send him the article via snail mail, only hoping that he will get it and find time to read and respond to my request. 👨‍🌾
  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.
  16. https://www.staraya-moneta.ru/forum/messages/forum2/topic276529/message3026083/#message3026083 Interesting material is added by Gunter on SM. A rouble from the same dies was offered by MiM in 1998.
  17. looks a bit better than mine, I think... Only I call those downwards feathers - icicles... it's cold there...
  18. I'll let you know when I'm ready. Will probably do another topic on SM and post main points here.
  19. It would only seam like that. The problem is, and that is what some people failed to notice on SM (where we discussed 5 k coin, so I'll talk about that one) that equipment that was used is different. The dies are not the same dies that they used for making test minting with original dies, testing them for the future TM production. I hope to show it one day.
  20. Hi Sigi, I added a missing page you provided to the library
  21. Here is more, this time from Zander 1996, shared by Knight from Staraya Moneta:
  22. Thank you Sigi, I'll try to add it as an additional page. Agree with IgorS, if Sincona could consider this rouble for their sale, I think this would bring the best outcome for the seller.
  23. Just to make it clear, if anyone didn't check the Russian site, I included the link to. Obviously, I didn't identified the coin, I only passes the information, that was generously provided by Gunter, our colleague from Staraya Moneta. 😉
  24. I found Spasski's article: http://vsemonetki.ru/books/item/f00/s00/z0000009/st007.shtml
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