Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Ancient coin NFTs

D.F. Grotjohann, who has a VCoins store until about 2010, is now selling ancient coin NFTs at https://opensea.io/DFGrotjohann.

He has 13 ancient coins listed as well as two samurai cartoons. One of the coins is a nice looking Alexander Octodrachm. The price is 3.5. The currency of that price is Ethereum, which works out to US$15,532.

The buyer receives the ancient coin in addition to the digital rights.

Press release on einnews.com here.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Currency Counterfeiting in Peru

National Geographic gives a detailed look at how currency counterfeiting is done in the underworld of Lima, Peru. Mariana van Zeller interviews a convicted printer, visits a currently operating printer and as well as a finisher. A money mule explains how to sneaks cash into the US.

You can watch the complete 47 minute episode on NationalGeographic.com or on Hulu.

Monday, August 09, 2021

Miracle headache cure

Here are two auction sales. (Not eBay.)

The upper coin sold for about $300+fees. The lower coin sold for about $600+fees. I do not have access to the coins, I merely stumbled across the photos online.

My first impression was that I was looking at two different coins. At least one of the coins is a modern cast forgery.

Several people suggested that it was more likely that both pictures show the same coin, before and after a 'repair'.

I am curious what my readers think. In the comments, tell me if you think these are one or two coins, genuine or fake, repaired or not. I can tell you that the reported weights are within 0.3%.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Pandemic in NYC

I haven't posted in a while.  Here is a photo of me in NYC during a height of the pandemic.

La Moneda restaurant, Jerome south of 175th st