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Offline gxseries

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World's only antimony coin
« on: August 16, 2011, 02:49:03 PM »
Finally hunted down this really tough coin. I strongly believe that it's genuine and it's definitely different to any other coins that I have. Rings differently and is just wierd! Sounds and feels like lead but just has this odd greyish color which I have never seen before.



More information can be found here: http://www.charm.ru/library/antimony.htm and here: http://www.zeno.ru/showphoto.php?photo=26538

Offline Figleaf

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Re: World's only antimony coin
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2011, 12:08:25 AM »
Congratulations! A very unusual coin metal. My memory says some Roman coins were made from a copper-antimony amalgamate, because it made the coin look like silver, but I can't find them. I believe they were struck in North Africa.

Be careful handling the coin. Antimony is toxic. Remember washing your hands after you have touched the coin. I guess the locals built some resistance against the poison, as antimony was found in Guizhou province. Or maybe they knew about the poison and that was one of the reasons why the coin was so impopular.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.