Peter Ustinov tries to sell a fake ancient coin
The 1964 Filmways film "Topkapi" shows a large obviously fake "ancient" coin.
Elizabeth Lipp and Peter Ustinov as Arthur Simon Simpson, who plot to steal a valuable sultan's
jeweled dagger from Istanbul's Topkapi Museum.
as a "1,000 BC" coin to a tourist.
1. Melina Mercouri and Maximilian Schell
The film stars Melina Mercouri, Maximilian Schell, Peter Ustinov, and Robert Morley as
a group of people who plan and execute a theft of a jeweled dagger from Istanbul's Topkapi museum.
Maximilian and Melina.
2. Peter Ustinov sells a coin
"Imitation but of a period about a thousand BC".
3. Close up of coin obverse
It is too big to be a real coin, and it looks about the size of a US silver dollar.
4. Close up of coin reverse
The rest of the film is the story of the involved acrobatic caper to steal the dagger and replace it
with a copy.
5. The museum room where the dagger is kept in a glass enclosure
6. The acrobat removing the glass cover
Melina Mercouri as Elizabeth Lipp
Peter Ustinov as Arthur Simon Simpson
Maximilian Schell as Walter Harper
Robert Morley as Cedric Page
Akim Tamiroff as Gerven the Cook
Writers: Monja Danischewsky, Eric Ambler (novel)