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The E-Sylum:  Volume 6, Number 50, November 23, 2003, Article 8

NEW BOOK ON BULGARIAN COUNTERFEITS

  A new book has been published on the counterfeits of
  ancient coins emanating from present-day Bulgaria.
  From the press release by Eugeni Paunov & Ilya
  Prokopov, Sofia, Bulgaria:

  "We have the pleasure to announce the recent publication of
  a new book:  "Modern Counterfeits and Replicas of Ancient
  Greek and Roman Coins from Bulgaria", by Ilya PROKOPOV,
  Kostadin KISSYOV and Eugeni PAUNOV., in English,
  format 16, 78 pp., glossy black paperback, 192 coins in
  bronze, silver and gold. Sofia, September 2003.
  ISBN 954-91396.1.1.

  Publisher's price per single copy: Euro / USD 20,-- (P&P not
  included), /or USD ~23. with P&P to America/.
  [Retail price discount available for distributors and larger orders].

  This is a second booklet on the counterfeits of ancient coins
  from present-day Bulgaria.  In 1997, a team of three co-authors
  lead by Dr Prokopov prepared and edited a first small book of
  fake coins, which was subsequently published in Sofia.  It
  covered a large group of contemporary fakes of ancient Greek
  and Roman coins from Bulgaria ? 204 specimens in gold,
  silver and bronze. The present catalogue is the result of that
  first booklet.

  The authors prepared the second book in 1998 in the same
  format. It was not until 2003 that a publisher for this book was
  found. Prior to publication it was necessary to edit and reformat
  the manuscript - this publication is the result of that work and
  reflects information gathered up to the spring of 2003.

  In this small format (22.5x14.5 cm) catalogue is published a
  large group of modern forgeries of ancient Greek, Roman and
  Byzantine coins coming from Bulgaria. 192 coins in gold, silver,
  copper and bronze are catalogued and illustrated with nice
  black&white photos in chronological and geographic principle.
  From the total number, 112 specimens are Greek (2 in gold,
  the remainder in silver); 78 Roman (Republican - 5 denarii and
  a gold coin of 60 asses; Imperial - 18 in gold, 34 in silver, 5 in
  bronze, including 5 interesting 4th c. AD? multipla/medallions
  in gold and silver), as well as 2 Byzantine pieces. A special
  section of the catalogue is devoted to a group of 77 modern
  fakes of Thasian type Celtic/Thracian imitation tetradrachms,
  all in silver. For the first time, 8 sets of modern steel dies for
  striking of Roman Republican and Imperial coins are illustrated
  and commented.

  A comprehensive 5-pages introduction provides background
  information about the phenomenon of modern coin forgery
  production in Bulgaria.  The patterns, technology and workshops
  known are discussed as well as some up-to-date references
  quoted.

  Publication is devoted to serve to professional numismatists
  and amateur collectors and make familiar with the modern fake
  types of ancient coins. Such imitations are offering for sale in
  museum giftshops as  replicas and souvenirs in Bulgaria and in
  the West and North America for use in coin jewelry. The
  series will include a third issue with more than 119 additional
  forgeries.

  We will be glad to accept orders from interested individuals
  and institutions.

  SP & P Publications Ltd.
  Mr Stoyan POPOV
  Sofia BG-1000, BULGARIA
  e-mail: ccchbg at abv.bg
  tel/.fax: +359-2-718630.

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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