Regarding last week's image of a replica Higley copper, Leon Saryan writes:
I read the note (in your latest newsletter) about Rosa forgeries with some interest, since I just finished writing a paper on two of Rosa's ancient forgeries pertaining to Armenia. I am going to take a guess here (since I don't have the actual "coin" in front of me), but it seems that the word COPY stamped into the above "coin" does not seem to be large enough in dimensions or depth to meet the requirements of the Hobby Protection Act. These requirements are that the lettering be a minimum of 6 mm wide, 2 mm high, and 0.3 mm deep. I found the same problem in two Armenian coins that were purported to be Rosa copies.
Joe Boling writes:
The products of ReplicaCoins Corp are just going to cause problems down the road. For starters, their COPY marking appears to be only about 2/3 the size that the Hobby Protection Act regulations specify. We have already seen Gallery Mint products distressed so as to appear original (in conjunction with removal of the COPY stamp). ReplicaCoins pieces, being copies of lower grade originals to start with, will be even easier to disguise as genuine examples.
I thought that "COPY" was a wee bit small myself. So which regulatory agency is in change of enforcing the Hobby Protection Act?
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