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Offline Overlord

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How do you know your coins are "real"?
« on: July 05, 2017, 04:11:32 AM »
As a collector of ancient and/or medieval coins, how would you answer a non-collector who looks at your collection and incredulously asks you "How do you know these are real?".

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Re: How do you know your coins are "real"?
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2017, 02:13:58 PM »
Don't give him a tech-babble, just show him a catalogue. Better, show him a mesmerising coffee table coin book like "A Treasury of Indian coins". You may convert him to coin collecting.

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Re: How do you know your coins are "real"?
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2017, 02:25:24 PM »
Don't give him a tech-babble, just show him a catalogue. Better, show him a mesmerising coffee table coin book like "A Treasury of Indian coins". You may convert him to coin collecting.

Peter
Suppose you have no catalogue/book at hand?

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Re: How do you know your coins are "real"?
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2017, 02:46:50 PM »
Still no tech-babble. Compare with an antiques dealer. You need general knowledge (great opportunity to mention WoC ;)), books (didn't bring one today, but will show you one next time) and experience. If possible show a fake and explain why you know it's a fake. Otherwise, show a fake on WoC on your phone or portable 'puter; we have a whole board on them and several threads on Indian fake coins.

http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,7564.0.html
http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,8272.0.html
http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,12115.0.html
http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,1601.0.html
http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,6434.0.html

Peter

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