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About Ian

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  1. The `WRL' on it is a clear indication that it is a replica.
  2. I guess beauty is in the eyes of the beholder . To me it looks like someone has dragged it through a hedge....more than once! Still, it is authentic and a collectable example of a scarcer type coin.
  3. My latest acquisition related to this theme. Not many examples of this jeton to be found these days other than those that have been made into a fob or pendant..... or otherwise vandalised. This one is in pretty good shape, dark toned and otherwise problem free....except for the star countermark in the exergue. i have no clue as to the significance of the mark.
  4. Here's a (hopefully genuine ) rouble from the period of Peter III. Not exactly in the best of conditions....it appears to have been holed (and plugged) and scrubbed to death at some stage. Dated 1762, Moscow mint (MMD below bust) when Daniel Mochalkin was mint master.
  5. Thanks again Sigi. I'll take a look at your website and the one above at some point tomorrow. Shut eye time here too:)
  6. OK. There is no `sadness' on my part in relation to the coins in question. it would be absolutely brilliant if they were genuine, but no significant financial loss if they are not. I've knowingly paid more for counterfeits than i did for these. The 10 kopecs cost the most though. The seller is a coin dealer in Portugal and they were selling it as a `novodel'. That most certainly it isn't, but I had thought it may very well be a normal circulation strike. It has remarkable similarity to coins authenticated and certified by PCGS that I have seen.....but then again memory is a very fickle thing a
  7. I'm entirely unsure as to the authenticity of any of these `siberian' coins. i had thought one of the 5 kopecs and both 10 kopecs were possibly genuine but so far all the `pronouncements' are that they are `fakes'. They may very well be fakes....but where's the data to form any conclusion (?) I'll try to get the edges scanned. Good idea! Thanks
  8. Hey guys (in general on this thread......I don't want to come across as being ungrateful but i do feel the need to give some feedback as to what i've got from this so far. Hopefully i won't offend in the process as that is not my intent. FEEDBACK: Firstly, many thanks for the welcome. it is appreciated, and on a positive note I have been provided with reference sites for Russian coins and one for `copies' for which i am truly very grateful. I will be making use of them, even though my knowledge of Russian stems from one year of study some 50 years ago. Basically I would only just ma
  9. Hi Sigi, here's a scan of the 91/0. The remnant of the 0 is still evident.
  10. I am no `expert' on fakes either, but I really have studied them for years. it's just that I've never really studied Russian ones before now. Have had a look at this site and there's a wealth of info there to look at. As an aside....the edge of my 2 kopeks looks identical to the first example listed (edge numbered 4). Sadly, that one is about fine (grade) so it is difficult to differentiate from the picture any similarities /differences. Weighs in totally correct though. Will check out both of my 5 and 10 kopec coins here when the opportunity allows. Once again, many thanks fo
  11. That is a very useful site. Many thanks for this. There is a copy 2 kopec 1764 available from them that looks remarkably similar to the one I have...on sale for 89 roubles . There are no 5 or 10 kopeks listed. However, even the copy on sale would require significant / radical surgery to get it to look like the one I have. Although an `as struck' copy, it appears to lack a lot of the definition evident on my one. For example...look at the defined feet (toes) on my one then compare... also at the left of the ribbon tying the wreath together there is a berry on my one....not so on th
  12. Hi. I'm not exactly sure what they are to be honest, hence my posting here. I have no reference manual or bona fide samples of Russian `Novodels' to compare them against, unlike the many other coins in my collection. I have however made a point of studying counterfeits / copies over the past 45 years....everything from ancients through to modern. In doing so i have saved a fortune...and amassed a fair collection of fakes /counterfeits / replica's / souvenirs /copies (call them what you will) When buying items outside of my normal area of expertise i expect to (sometimes) `p
  13. Here's my other (rather worn) 10 Kopeks
  14. Hi Sigi, Not overly hung up on the semantics involved in that we both mean the same thing ....that being one digit of the date on the host coin has been overstruck using a different digit (normally a higher digit). As an aside, the best example I have in my collection of an overstruck date is a fairly high grade Transylvanian thaler dated 1593/2. I'd post it here but it would be `off topic', this forum being for Russian coins.
  15. Thanks for making me look closer! it is indeed a 1791/0 overstrike! I'll try experimenting with my scanner to see if i can capture it close up. in the meantime I have to say that the 1793/2 of yours is a real thing of beauty. The overstrike is very clear and prominent.
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