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double gros - Bogdan III
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20 mm diameter, 2.18 g, silver
Obverse: Moldavian Coat of Arms - as for the Cyrillic legend see the picture below
Reverse: double cross on a shield - as for the legend see the picture below


Legend: + IO BOGDAN VOEVODA GOS + PODAR ZEMLI MOLDAVSCOI meaning
IO BOGDAN VOIVOD MASTER OF MOLDAVIAN LAND

We display on this page a recent, very well manufactured fake. For a sufficiently long time we, the authors of the site, ourselves deemed the piece to be authentic, so we appologize for unintendedly misleading of perhaps many visitors. Two ideas are to be stressed here. The fakes will still be published on Romanian coins because they hold information about the originals (that are very rare, indeed) or at least their sides and because, being somehow often found on the market, several other collectors might also fall prey to these forgeries.

On the previous and next pages you will find a few other fakes manufactured in the same manner as this supposedly double gros from Bogdan III of Moldavia. The sides were independently created through galvanoplasty and then forced together (with more or less craftsmanship), allowing though, usually, a black, separating surface between the two to be noticed. In this case but also in some others, the fake was eventually filed on the edge also visible on the picture), so that the acquisitor to think the coin underwent the operation hundreds of years ago just for some silver to be stolen.

The expertise for the Romanian medieval coins on Romanian coins was generously made by Mr. Bogdan Costin, specialist in medieval Romanian coinage.

We will still display the info this page had before the expertise.


Bogdan III, also known as Bogdan the Blind because of his losing one eye in a battle, son of Stephen the Great and the Holy, ruled over Moldavia between 1504 and 1517.


Good possibility of being fake (the person that sold it cannot be trusted).

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