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  1. Some time ago another forum member asked me what do I think about this badge, I have no doubt it's not original regardless of what the seller wrote. Link to auction: Kingdom of Yugoslavia Submarine Bagde Original SILVER
  2. Hello. Please could I start by stating I have no idea how to detect fake or genuine amongst these group of medals. Reason being I am offered the collection but at my decision ,and to be perfectly honest unsure due to different to what I normally collect. or should I steer clear and leave alone ? value or price guide would be helpful also either individually or as part of collection . also note the seller has cleaned all the patina from each individual medal . thank you in advance .
  3. Hi guys, Does anyone know if these are really or simply fakes or fantasies? Any help would be highly appreciated. Cheers, Alain
  4. Guys, I got quite excited when a pal told me a friend at work had an above described badge and it was in the family etc, etc, etc. He is a good lad so I will let him down gentley! The box is laughable and even the staple is a picture as opposed to metal. I don't know why they have cut the grass so to speak but it is quite obvious in the hand. Oh well!
  5. I stopped collecting Soviet orders and medals because the hobby was ruined by fakes. It's going the way of the German WWII/NAZI militaria. You have to be crazy to get into that today. Even the "experts" are fooled. So my question is: Has anyone run across a fake Paul McDaniel COA certificate yet with a questionable order/medal? I figure it's not a matter of if, but when. I don't collect, but I do read up on the very little items I have left. Now that Paul has closed his authenticating business years ago, where would someone go to get something authenticated? Thanks.
  6. I stopped collecting Soviet orders and medals because the hobby was ruined by fakes. It's going the way of the German WWII/NAZI militaria. You have to be crazy to get into that today. Even the "experts" are fooled. So my question is: Has anyone run across a fake Paul McDaniel COA certificate yet with a questionable order/medal? I figure it's not a matter of if, but when. I don't collect, but I do read up on the very little items I have left. Now that Paul has closed his authenticating business years ago, where would someone go to get something authenticated? Thanks.
  7. Fake Godet TWM and box http://www.ebay.de/itm/291627668726?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&fromMakeTrack=true
  8. Dear all, Last week I had to do a quick buy. I was offered this St. George cross 3rd class for non-Christians. The guy who sold it had "no idea" what is was. The only thing he could tell me is that he "dug this piece of metal up in Poland", after finding it with his metal detector. This was the only medal he was selling, all the other stuff were other findings he dug up. The price was really nice, so I had to act fast. I have no idea about Russian Imperial medals, so I want to ask you all what do you think of this cross? Is it a valid one? And if so, is there a possibility to research the number (2065)? How many are there in total awarded? I would like to thank you in advance for your time and effort and I am looking forward to an experts opinion!
  10. Of course every major auction sells fakes now and then. Intentionally or because of "an honest oversight" But this time it is something surreal. Both in qualitative and in quantitative terms Kunker. September 2015 Etc ...
  11. I Just bought A Thai Order of the Crown; Commander's - Type 1 maker marked J.W. BENSON Ltd 25, Old Bond St. London W from website but it made from copper I'm not sure it fake of not please help me identify of this medals Best regards Jack
  12. Hello all, It's been awhile since I was on here, out of the game these days for the most part. I've attached photos of what I understand to be an Imperial Russian badge. I'm guessing this is a regimental badge or similar, but despite searching on here and online generally I've been unsuccessful at finding an exact match. Can anyone help? I am out of my depths here, but am aware that these are a real minefield as far as reproductions go. I don't know what kind of a chance this one has at being genuine...personally I don't get the "warm fuzzies". These are the only photos I have at the moment...I can probably get some more. I'd appreciate any help you may be able to offer. Cheers, Adam
  13. Has anyone ever encountered a bejeweled Osmanieh order like that? I wonder about the imperfections on the golden border, visible on the reverse...
  14. Gents, best wishes on the new year. An acquaintance of mine asked me to scan this Olympia Cross 1st class and ask for opinions. Given the missing rivets and the configuration of the loop, I think it's safe to assume it's not an original awarded type. With that said, I believe there is some age attached to this piece and that it initially was gilded bronze (as per given specifications). So could this be a display-piece for i.g. the Olympia arenas or just a fairly good modern fake?
  15. Found this on ebay, and without a doubt, 100% it is a copy fake replica or whatever you wish to call it, it is not made at the Japan Mint. The ebay item number is: 361140941280 (search on ebay) The first question is probably: How do you know it is fake? 1 Look at the red cloisonné enamel - there are two indicators here - the shine it gives when light is reflected on it and the shine it gives when light is not reflected on it, either way it looks like a metallic type shine - that is because under a copy fake red cloisonné area typically there is a cheap metallic reflector thing, which a mint made authentic one will not have. Also the cloisonné on a fake is almost paper thin while on a real one you can see how thick it really is by comparing. 2. Look at the thickness of the cloisonné enamel (or lack of thickness in this case). To compare look at the same sellers other miniature rising sun 5th class for sale (ebay item number 361140942501 (which is authentic and really a mint made item) you can compare the shine and thickness of the two and also look at the mint mark (kanji characters) which is absent from the fake, the fake has that stamp in red which the mint does not use on these inside the cases. Also, notice the inner white lining that the fake uses inside the lid of the case, this is not the inner white lining used by the mint. So both fake (6th class miniature) and a real (5th class) are there to compare - one may say well one is a 6th so the cloisonné is of lower quality - that is not the case and will never be the case, the mint uses the same thick, high quality, deep/dark cloisonné on all rising sun medals and they also uses the same 4 kanji characters to indicate it is made at the mint (no hanko or chop stamp). I sincerely hope this helps someone to avoid getting tricked, I have been duped by fake rising suns (years ago) - I took them apart and saw how cheaply they are made, basically utter garbage.
  16. In order to avoid opening new topic every time I spot some fake I will post them all here. Here's the latest one from ebay - Order of Merits for the People 1st class. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Yugoslavia-Order-of-the-National-Merit-with-Golden-Star-I-class-0323-/201199007621?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ed8653785 http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_10_2014/post-7937-0-06971400-1414248637.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_10_2014/post-7937-0-15809900-1414248677.jpg
  17. I just noticed a terrible fake on ebay. There is of course no mention of this in the description, it is offered as Serbian Military Academy Badge 1860(!?)-1880 Rare. Even though photos are pretty bad I think it's obvious that the badge is not original. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-7937-0-43056100-1409684358.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-7937-0-04548000-1409684365.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-7937-0-72855000-1409684370.jpg
  18. Called a " common fake".Said to be "obvious ".Not to me.Perhaps I'm too obtuse.Anyway,I'd appreciate it if somebody could walk me through it,perhaps with a side-by-side comparison with an original. Thankful for any help. Steve
  19. Said to be fake.Does anybody give it a chance? Thanks for looking. Steve
  20. I've seen couple of pieces like that on ebay, one got sold just couple of days ago. Seller didn't bother to mention that the medal is not original, at least I haven't noticed. Much better fakes appeared couple of years ago...
  21. Hi all, don't post much, but do cruse this forum, great info and lots of fun. Anyway, just for he heck of it, what are some of the Ebay funnies you've come across? Here's one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/AUTHENTIC-GERMAN-IRON-CROSS-MEDAL-WWII-RARE-EXCELLENT-CONDITION-/171360477430?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27e5e160f6 Take Care! Greg
  22. Is this real or is it bogus? Please advise. Thank you.
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