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Offline ghipszky

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Alexander
« on: February 26, 2008, 01:42:05 AM »
Here is another fouree. I am not sure who it is. Just thought this 9mm coin with its bits of silver is very interesting.
Ginger

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Alexander
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2008, 01:43:28 AM »
Steve,
Would you mind looking at the obverse of this little coin and tell me what is wrong? I can't see the portrait.
Ginger

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Alexander
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2008, 02:22:58 AM »
I think it's upside down, needs to be rotated about 200 degrees clockwise.
Not really my area but I can read AΛΕΧΑΝΔΡΟΥ... it seems to copy something like this:

http://www.coinarchives.com/a/lotviewer.php?LotID=196577&AucID=257&Lot=252

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Alexander
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2008, 02:26:28 AM »
I will have to see if Skee can rotate it. He may have to shoot it again. I doubt he has it on his computer any more.
Thanks. I thought you had said it was Alexander the Great when I first showed it to you.
Ginger

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Re: Alexander
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2008, 10:08:50 PM »
Greetings,

I Think this coin is a fake from the series on the name of Alexander III. If the coin is about 9mm the intention would be to fake a silver obol.
I've rotated the original pic and give one other example of an obol from Sidon ( Phoenicia ).
They weight about 0.6-0.7g.

The majority of this coins were minted after Alexander's death.
This is a Greek coin not Roman.
LP
« Last Edit: February 27, 2008, 10:12:06 PM by lusomosa »

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Re: Alexander
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2008, 02:01:37 AM »
Lusomosa,
Thank you so very much for fixing the picture for me! That was a big help. I knew that it was a forgery, but I didn't know which denomination it was a copy of.
Also, I should have put this in the greek coins to begin with, I knew it was Greek.
Thanks for your help and for the picture to compare this little coin too.
Ginger

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Re: Alexander
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2008, 01:04:52 PM »
Lusomosa, when you say "fake", do you mean a (contemporary) counterfeit or do you mean a (lightweight?) imitation of a popular Alexandrian coin by another (later?) ruler?

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

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Re: Alexander
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2008, 12:10:43 AM »
Figleaf,
I do believe this is an ancient forgery, certainly not modern day.
Ginger

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Re: Alexander
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2008, 01:07:05 PM »
Hi guys,

It if an ancient forgery. It could even have the correct weight, in order not to be suspecious. The aim was to make a Drachm with cheaper material inside.
Thats why many ancient coins had chisel cuts to test the purity of the material.
Like this example .


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Re: Alexander
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2008, 09:11:10 PM »
sminnoch will know for sure. He and I talked about this coin a long time ago. That's why I am convinced it is an ancient forgery.
Interesting way to see if it was real or fake though!
I will look at my tiny coin again to see if I can see any clips out of it.
Ginger