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Offline Gavema

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Please identify - Greek or Indo greek
« on: January 28, 2017, 07:35:20 AM »
This coin is up for sale. Weight mentioned by the seller: 10 grams approx. Standing man on one side makes me feel that it may be a greek or indo greek coin. Inscription is also legible enough to read, I believe. But, no idea about the other side. I am not sure whether the orientation of the second side is also correct. To me it looks like a parrot sitting near a flower/leaf.

Please help to identify the coin.

Offline THCoins

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Re: Please identify - Greek or Indo greek
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2017, 11:04:51 AM »
My first response would be that this likely is a fake.
It seems modeled after a (silver) tetradrachm of indo-Greek king Demetrios.
One side shows standing Hercules, the other the bust of the king with elephant cap.

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Re: Please identify - Greek or Indo greek
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2017, 08:56:02 AM »
Thanks for the reply, THCoins. I will not bid for this coin then.

Offline Figleaf

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Re: Please identify - Greek or Indo greek
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2017, 09:34:43 AM »
Better: let the seller know.

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

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Re: Please identify - Greek or Indo greek
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2017, 12:36:02 PM »
Just curious to know. Is it a contemporary (ancient) fake or a recent one?

One more question. Are there fakes in Mughal copper coins also. Because, I purchased a few coins (Akbar/Muhammed Shah copper coins) from that seller, weighing around 20 grams each.

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Re: Please identify - Greek or Indo greek
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2017, 12:55:18 PM »
This looks like a modern copy.
There are fake of almost every category of coin. As the Mughal copper Dams are still plentifull, you will less often see a fake of these. Of the mughal silver there are plenty fakes.