One of the catchphrases (spoken in an Italian accent) from the very popular British TV comedy Allo Allo (set in occupied France) is "Here is another French mistaka". Here's another "mistaka" from the latest issue of Richard Lobel's CoinCraft's "the (sic) Phoenix"
The coin has a face they say, and yes, you can see what looks like a Pokemon figure, unfortunately it is a denier viewed upside down! What it actually shows is a building. Richard Lobel has had many years of coin trade experience so I trust this "mistaka" was made by a staffer. I was later advised by an expert on medieval French coinage that the coin is not even from France but is a Frankish issue from Greece!
Oops! On the left above is the coin's image as printed in the Phoenix, CoinCraft's fixed price list, where it is identified as a silver denier of Philip II of France. Thanks to Phil Mernick for providing the image. Next to it is the same image rotated 180 degrees. This isn't the first time a big error has found its way into print, and it surely won't be the last. What are some other major mistakes printed in numismatic publications? -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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