Part 5 : Possible Modern Fakes of Roman Military Diploma Fragments
Disclaimer: The below diploma fragments have not always been
physically examined by us other than via the fotos shown below. In all
cases there are however indications from the scans that make a modern fake
probably - likely (form and technique of letters, text). The listing of
these fragments below cannot be seen as final judgement nor as indication
of fraud. If you own one of the below please contact us for further examination.
Especially in the past few months we have seen a flood of fake diplomas and fake fragments coming to the art markets. Beware !
Recent suspicious diplomas with very atypical writing and text with errors / copies from already known diplomas:
Image from Ebay auction claiming that this piece is genuine and had been submitted to us for scientific evaluation (which is not true)
Very atypical writing, text not making much sense. Note the additionally broken off fragment and cracks to make the piece appear more genuine.
"Hybrid" of a Praetorian Diploma of Severus Alexander and an auxiliary diploma for Moesia
"Maximinus Thrax Praetorian"
Four possibly fake diploma fragments, atypical writing
more of a similiar make
another possible fake
likely fake text with atypical writing
likely fake text, taken from an original inscription in marble
another likely fake text
Hm, unusual text and shape of letters..
Possibly an original bronze plate of a diploma, heavily retooled with
largely meaningless text (ie XXVIIV), so the original text is lost....
Another fake diploma, the letters do not have the natural style but
are very "stiff", also many errors