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Old Feb 19, 2013, 03:05 PM   #1
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Real and fake Roman dice

I am interested in buying some Roman gaming dice. They were made of several materials; clay, metal and animal bone. I am concerned about fakes. I've attached three photos of Roman dice. One photo shows a single bone dice that was found during an archaeology dig in England. No doubt it's the real thing! Another photo is of three bone dice sold on ebay as modern reproductions. The last photo is of two modern reproduction dice, perhaps made of metal, with dark patina also on ebay. Looks like the modern makers did a good job. It seems it would be rather easy for a person to try and resell these reproductions as ancient. I wonder how a collector or dealer can tell the difference between ancient dice and modern ones? I have access to lots of deer bone and enough talent to use my scroll saw and drill press to make some dice. I'd round the edges a bit, maybe stain them and add encrustation to complete the feat. Then I'll head to Vegas!
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File Type: jpg roman dice from excavation england.jpg (30.5 KB, 118 views)
File Type: jpg reproduction roman dice with patina.jpg (36.4 KB, 115 views)

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