Fake LP Tim Khun Paen AmuletsYanisar
It has come to my attention that a prominant online amulet vendor is peddaling fake amulets including fake Luang Phor Tim Khun Paen amulets. What makes this particuarly disturbing is that the amulets are offered with fake certificates from non existant organisations.
Experienced collectors will know that it is not uncommon for fake amulets to be traded, and in many cases not deliberately but through a simple lack of knowledge and can be considered as part of the learning process.
However it becomes a very different scenario when fake amulets are knowingly sold, and this is deliberate fraud and theft. I would not normally comment on specific examples, but in this instance the scale of fraud from a trusted source is unacceptable
You cannot buy a genuine Luang Phor Tim Khun Paen amulet blessed at Wat Lahanrai for under 4,000 USD. The majority of pims will change hands at significantly higher prices, typically 5,000 USD for the Pim Lek and between 10,000 -40,000 USD for Pim Yai. Online vendors selling at less should be an immediate red flag.
Furthermore any Luang Phor Tim Khun Paen amulet should be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from a limited number of respected organisatioons who offer insurance backed guarantees, namely;
4. DD Pra
It is not sufficient to accept authenticity based on a competition certificate alone which can be easily printed to fool the unsuspecting as in this particular case. If the amulet is genuine the vendor should be able to secure a certificate from an acknowledged society
I will use this article to illustrate genuine Khun Paen pims blessed at Wat Lahanrai, and also many examples of the fake amulets, which in many cases are not even copies but complete fabrications. If you have been affected by such fraud you should request an immediate refund or if you have doubts about the provenance then insist the amulet is certificated by one of the above socities
Genuine LP Tim Khun Paen Amulets (Wat Lahanrai BE 2516-BE 2517)
Essentially there are a number of variants all blessed between BE 2516-2517
1. Pim Lek or Pim Yai
2. With or without Takruts (maximum being 2)
3. Block 1 or Block 2
4. Colour variation, white/yellow with or without gold plate (no other colours) Often timged green due to the Pong Plaai Guman
5. Very rare variants with a gem (split opinion but the majority of experts considere fake)
If you are offered an amulet that is any other colour or has more than two takruts, it is fake, period!!
Standard Pim Lek
An amulet such as this would typically sell for between 3,000 – 5,000 USD. Block 2 Pims in poorer condition can often be sold for as low as 2,000 USD. Common to see large inclusions, green tinge and remnants of gold plate
Block 2 with gem - Wan Dok Tong
This is the yellow variant, Pim lek, block 2 known as Wan Dok Tong with gem. You need to be careful as the majority of experts will not accept this variant as authentic! Although some socities with issue certificates
Block 1 Std Pim
This is a good example of a block 1 pim in white. With regards pricing you can expect to pay at least 5,000 USD for an example such as this that is not in the best condition. Amulets like this will never loose value
Khun Paen Pim Yai - Block 1
What a fantastic example of his block 1 pim in white powder with gold plating. Extremely sharp print! The example below sold for half a million Thai baht or 17,000 USD
Khun Paen Pim Yai - Block 2 with Takruts
Are You Being Serious? - Fake Amulets & Fake Certificates
The following fake amulets, and frankenstein pims are being sold on a website known as ancientamulets.com. If you have purchased it would be my advise to ask for an immediate refund. These amulets are just a joke, but incredibly disturbing that they are being sold at thousands of dollars. This is not only dishonest but deliberate fraud
This is a complete joke at 1600 USD. Its a frakenstein pim never blessed by LP Tim
This block 2 fake, doesnt even come close to resembling an original amulet. Asking price 1500 USD. This needs to be reported to the authorities. Totally disgusted by this
You couldn’t make this up if you tried. Sold for 1,700 USD. Another frankenstein pim
If this wasnt so serious this would be a laugh. This shop is ripping people off and stealing considerable sums of money
“All I can say in conclusion to the scammer that runs this website is, stop peddaling this rubbish, remove these fake amulets & fake certificates from the internet and return the monies to those you have stolen from or you will end up in prison. What on earth are you trying to achieve by this?, it’s a total disgrace! Normally I would not be quite as outspoken, but in this circumstance, it damages all of us and it’s not appreciated”