"Coin Collections and Coin Hoards from Bulgaria," number 1.
Authors: I. Prokopov, K. Kissyov and E. Paunov.
September, 2003. 78 pages. Text in English. Glossy black paperback.
192 coins in bronze, silver and gold. New.
This book details is 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. A.D. multipla/medallions in gold and silver); as well as 2 Byzantine pieces.
A special section of the book 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 new steel dies for striking of Roman Republican and Imperial coins are illustrated and commented.
A comprehensive 5 page introduction provides background information about the phenomenon of 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 offered for sale in museum giftshops as replicas and souvenirs in Bulgaria and in the West and North America for use in coin jewelry.