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  1. Thank you, Candidate, for your most interesting and informative reply.
  2. Thank you. I am interested to know the result as well.
  3. I have never seen these before. Maybe a private token issued during the war between the Red and White armies? By the way, the so-called "Seal Skin" notes issued by the Russian America Company are not printed on seal skin. They are parchment. Perhaps someone here who is fluent in Russian would be kind enough to post these photos to Staraya Moneta or similar Russian language sites for further information?
  4. Magnificent coins! Thank you for posting these photos!
  5. Fascinating reading. I have never seen that 1710 denga before. Is it a pattern? And the polpoltina plate is simply magnificent! Thank you for posting these links.
  6. Fascinating post! It does seem a lot of trouble for a coin of full value. But what if there was a concern that the value of copper might decline in the future, making the counterfeiting of this type profitable? Perhaps the authorities might want some way to distinguish the counterfeit coins from the real ones if that happened. Russia was flooded with counterfeit copper in the 1720s, which is why the overstriking in the 1730s took place. When considered in that context, the use of such templates does not seem so strange.
  7. Wonderful! Thank you for posting this link.
  8. That is a beautiful example. Congratulations!
  9. Thank you for posting. I look forward to the English translation. Even with my poor understanding of the Russian language, the pictures tell a great deal. Some truly wonderful coins there - are they yours? I do not see pictures of Anna's overstrikes of Peter II kopeks shown. Are they included in the text? Once again, thank you for your sharing your contribution to this most interesting aspect of Russian numismatic history.
  10. I'm not sure what is so hysterically funny. I would certainly be far more impressed by what a specialist collector who has carefully studied the coins for years says about the authenticity of a given coin than I would be by some slabber who knows nothing about them. Of course, that's just my bias and there are many, many more people out there who blindly believe in the God-like abilities of slabbers to make such determinations about coins they have neither collected nor studied.
  11. I looked at the pictures but was unable to see even one coin with a Cyrillic "N" (looks like "H" in Latin letters), or the word "copy" to indicate that these fakes are not original coins. Perhaps someone else will be able to see what I do not.
  12. I think that there's a moral in there somewhere concerning the alleged expertise of the slabbers and the purported wisdom of relying upon it.
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