Last week Chris Faulkner asked:
Does anyone have the name and location of an Italian company that apparently specialized in the production of replicas, largely of medals, I believe, sometime in the 1950s and 1960s? In his November 1968 column in The Numismatist, "Featuring Fakes," Virgil Hancock reports John Ford alerting him to expertly made high pressure cast counterfeits of 1955 doubled die one cent pieces that had been manufactured in Milan. Who is/was this company? And is this the same company that made replicas of historical and papal medals? Did they publish a catalogue of their replicas?
Leon Saryan writes:
The company in Milan that produced papal and religious medals was A. E. Lorioli Fratelli, one of their major medalists was Erminio Varisco. I have no idea, however, if they made fakes of U.S. rarities.
I found a web site for the company: www.lorioli.com. The site has an online database of Italian medal designers. Another section of the site lists for sale several books on Italian medals.
To read the previous E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: ITALIAN MAKER OF COIN AND MEDAL REPLICAS SOUGHT
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