Wednesday 29 October 2014

Russian Journalism and Syrian Artefacts Truth

I tweeted Maria Finoshina (, fresh from reporting separatists in eastern Ukraine and now in Syria, about those two rough fakes of Syracuse dekas that were shown prominently in her video report of antiquities allegedly been sold in Lebanon after having been dug-up near Damascus. I think I'd be right saying that dekas of Syracuse did not normally circulate in ancient Syria, and copper alloy ones even less so, and those made for the modern coin collecting market quadrupally-so. The question of what they are doing in the video therefore is a perfectly justifiable one. I sent it yesterday, but... not only did it not get answered, it disappeared. I guess I was dreaming about sending it... Well not to be daunted, I've sent it again. Here's a copy:
  6 min. 6 minut temu
The 2 large coins in video are FAKE Sicilian issues; is whole report staged? Why R they here?
Nice touch that linking to the world-famous transatlantic numismatic-coin-scholar-mega-expert Wayne Sayles' blog to uphold the identification. Let's see if this one gets a reply, or gets disappeared too.

UPDATE 2nd November 2014:
Ms Finoshina seems unconcerned to defend her journalistic standards, no reply. The coins are fake, and probably not brought from Syria. Maybe the whole report should be considered in that light.


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