Another update with 6 coins

February 26th, 2020

Here's another update, with 6 coins. Besides adding a couple of coins, I moved a Guy of Dampierre imitation (my catalogue # 0095) to the Enigmatic Pollard and Crockard chapter. The style doesn't fit in the regular issue and shows a lot of simularties with the enigmatic coins. Especially the bust is of the same type.
These coins are added:

Elsen Auction 143

February 24th, 2020

On 07/12/2019 the auction firm Jean Elsen & ses Fils held their 143rd auction. During this auction the collection of Van Meert (a collector from Dinant, Belgium) was sold. This collection contained many sterling imitations and I was lucky enough to buy a few lots. This update will show the coins:

Seven coins added

February 23rd, 2020

A couple of rare Louis imitations are added. One is a Louis of Nevers imitation, the other 2 are issued by Louis VI, Count of Chiny. All 3 are very rare coins. In total I have added 7 coins with this update. A new John the Blind imitation and a few double coins, included the very rare sterling struck at Dalhem Castle. Below you can find the links:

Widekind VI imitation (#300!)

December 31st, 2019

On the last day of 2019 I found a little bit of time to update the site with coin #300! A very rare coin, with a great provenance: a voided long cross imititation, issued by Widekind VI. Only a couple of this type were found in the Brussels Hoard of 1908.

An enigmatic Crockard and Pollard

October 20th, 2019

Still little is know about the "Enigmatic Crockards and Pollards" and they are hard to find. Sometimes one comes by for sale and luckily enough I was able to buy two pieces. One a little variety of a known sterling, the other probably struck with known dies but not in this combination. One theory is dat they used dies without paying attention if the dies belonged to each other. If it looked good, it was accepted as genuine money!

Soon #300 will be added to my website. I saved a special one for this occasion!

Two modern fake coins + 4 others

June 1st, 2019

Recently I bought an unknown coin, which looked like a crude Floris V of Holland crockard. When it arrived, it appeared to be made of an aluminium alloy which means it is not an old forgery but modern one. Some time ago I acquired a lead cast short cross penny which appears to be modern looking at the amount of exact same fake coins which were offered on eBay. Both are now listed to my site at the Modern Fakes section.

Also 3 other coins are added:

An extremely rare Simon of Lippe sterling

December 28th, 2018

Today only one coin added to the site, but it's an extremely rare one. It is issued by Simon I of Lippe, probably at the Lemgo mint. Unfortunately it's damaged but have never seen one for sale before. I'm verry pleased with this acquirement! Wish you all a healthy 2019 with lots of new coins!

A few short cross imitations added

November 16th, 2018

This time a few short cross imitations / forgeries are added to the site. Unfortunately little is known and just a few articles are written about them. Feel free to contact me if you have more information!

7 Edwardian imitations added

September 30th, 2018

Below some nice additions to the site, all Edwardian imitations or forgeries:

8 Imitations added

August 25th, 2018

I wanted to update more fequently but there was a delay. Finally found some time add 8 long cross sterlings to the site; including a few vary rare ones! One of them is a fantastic Arnhem sterling by Renaud of Guelders. Probably one of the best I've ever seen. But there's also a rare Marie of Artois penny and William I, The Rich, minted in Viesvielle (third known!); both bought @ Jon Mann, who somehow gets his hands on the most rare types of the panet. And finally, after many years of searching, I got a Floris V sterling mintend in Dordrecht. Well, it's a piece of it, but still very happy. The full list:

6 Voided long cross pennies added

December 28th, 2017

It has been a while but I've been busy with other things. Doesn't mean that there are no coins to be added though! I try to do more, smaller, updates coming months, starting with 6 voided long cross sterlings. The first in the list is the most special of them. It is a HENRICVS COMES sterling, found by my good friend Mark in Friesland. On a field he discovered a scattered small hoard and 2 coins appeared to be this type of imitations and he has donated one to me. I'm very happy with such a gift! Interesting to see that again 2 HENRICVS COMES sterlings were found closer to Kuinre than the Westfalen area. It is still not sure where they are minted. Hopefully we can sort it out one day with new finds! The other 5 coins are "just" imitations and contemporary forgeries, but still very interesting to see. The best numismatic wishes for 2018, in good health!

Addition of 19 coins

May 20th, 2017

Today 19 coins, some very rare or unique, were added to the website. One of the coins bears the name of Julius Caesar! Go check it out:

Crockards & Pollards

February 4th, 2017

Today I added 6 crockards and pollards:

Short cross additions

May 18th, 2016

As promised this time an update with 11 short cross sterlings. They are much rarer than voided long crosses and was very pleased to acquire a couple last months, some with interesting provenance! Before I go further, I should mention that the important numismatic Jeffrey North died last month at the age of 96. We all know him for his 2 books 'English Hammered Coinage' and his fantastic article J. J. North, "Some imitations and forgeries of the English and Irish Long Cross pence of Henry III", British Numismatic Journal 65 (1995), 83-119, 4 pls.
To get a better overview at the short cross coins, I gave every ruler its own page like I've done with the voided long cross and long cross sterlings. I hope you like them all as much as I do, some very interesting pieces are listed:

Voided long cross additions

February 10th, 2016

This update contains 15 voided long cross sterlings (my reference no.'s 0213-0227). The most (9) are class 5 imitations but I also added 4 imitations of class 3. The last 2 are contemporary forgeries. Some coins have an interesting provenance. For example, a couple of coins I added come from the Ex J. Sazama collection and some from J.J. North and are also mentioned in his great article and reference work: J. J. North, "Some imitations and forgeries of the English and Irish Long Cross pence of Henry III", British Numismatic Journal 65 (1995), 83-119, 4 pls. I try to add the provenance to the other coins on the site, were available of course. The next update will be a short cross edition. Stay tuned!

12 Sterlings added

January 21st, 2016

Let's start 2016 with an addition of 12 coins:

Sterling #200!

September 24th, 2015

Today I added sterling #200 to my website. It is an amazing and extremely rare short cross imitation of Gottschalk II of Pyrmont. It's pierced but of great quality. Please have a look here!. I've also done some minor updates and added another example from a private collection of a Mayhew 382 coin and als added a picture of a rare and unrecorded Valéran of Ligny sterling, also in private hands. See comments under catalogue #0090.

9 Sterlings added

August 5th, 2015

A long cross by Henry I of Sternberg, a very rare short cross by Bernhard III of Lippe and a spectacular enigmatic imitation added + a few others. Also devided the "Voided Long Cross Sterlings" section into "Continental imitations of certain rulers" and "Anonymous imitations with English legends" otherwise the list with coins went too long. Now you can see them by ruler and by imitated class. Here is the complete list with additions:

11 Sterlings added

January 14th, 2015

We start 2015 with a nice update, 10 Edwardian and 1 Henry sterling. Here is the list:

26 Sterlings added

July 11th, 2014

Big update! I added 26 sterlings to the site. Here is the list:

Coins added

May 30th, 2014

It has been a while, but finally some new additions. Many to follow soon! Curious? Here they are:

Thanks to Mr. Heinrich Ihl, this half sterling (#0085) can be attributed to Bernhard III and it is minted in the city Lemgo.

Coin added

July 17th, 2013

Added a beautiful forged voided long cross sterling to the website. You can find it here, on top of the page with cat.# 0148.

New website launched

July 8th, 2013

July 2013 sees the birth of my website. It shows a large collection of continental sterling imitations as well as contemporary forgeries. All coins are in my collection. Hope this site will be used as a refence for detectorists and collectors. New additions will be anounced in the update section.

Sterling imitations dot com

June 19th, 2012

Registered the domain sterlingimitations.com. Now it's time to do some programming, photograph all the coins and make descriptions.