[Ancientartifacts] Good Article About Avoiding Reproductions

The About.com Guide to Antiques recently wrote an article about how to tell the difference between a genuine antique and a reproduction.  It has some excellent tips about what to watch for, and although the advice might have limited utility in a situation where someone was trying to be deceptive and pass a repro off as genuine, I think there's enough good advice here to make it worth sharing (and perhaps discussing.)
Probably the biggest difference to consider between the antique repro and the antiquity repro is that one would want to watch for the signs she mentions underneath the signs of great age.  For example, where she says to check the base for signs of genuine wear, try to look beyond/under the dirt, adhesions, etc. for this wear.  You might have to adapt a little bit for the online marketplace; where she talks about looking for the same item in multiple booths, think "same item from multiple eBay sellers."
All in all, though, I think it's a very worthy and helpful article:

Susan Headley
About.com Guide to Coins
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