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Alexander The Great Tetradrachm: Authentic Or Fake

 
 
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 Posted 11/16/2017  10:10 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add pratamishus to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
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Hello everyone!

Really happy to join this community. I an pretty new to numismatics so, please, be patient with me :)

I've always wanted to have an Alexander The Great tetradrachm so I am trying to identify whether this coin is authentic. Can you help me with it, please? It looks like it's a babylon mint 323-317BC. It's 16.85 gramms and 27.24mm in widest diameter.

So what do you think? Does it look authentic?


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  Definitely authentic
  Looks authentic
  Defintely fake
  Looks fake

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 Posted 11/16/2017  10:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add t501tx to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The chipped off area at 5 o'clock is interesting
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 Posted 11/16/2017  11:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pratamishus to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You mean it looks suspicious?
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 Posted 11/16/2017  2:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It looks authentic to me, but if it is, the chipping indicates that the silver is crystallized and may be brittle. I would truthfully hold out for a better example... depending on the extent of the crystallization, it could split or shatter if dropped.

Also, I'm not sure if this is important to you or not, but Zeus' legs crossed usually means it's a posthumous issue... they were made as late as 150 years after Alexander's death. Alexander's lifetime tetradrachms carry a premium, but you can still get one in about this shape for $300 or less.
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 Posted 11/16/2017  2:42 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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Your coins looks genuine IMO, though the surface is porous most likely from being exposed to a damp environment.
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 Posted 11/16/2017  3:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pratamishus to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I see now. Thank you very much everyone. As I told before I am pretty new to this, so I didn't even know about the crystallization. I guess I will try a different one.
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 Posted 01/07/2019  2:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mat29a to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Although it may be difficult to assess authenticity due to wear heavy oxidation, and photo colour inaccuracies the facial feature of heracles and zeus design, this coin has high probability of being authentic to me . the chip however looks somewhat suspiscious. somehow it looks like an outer layer has been chipped of the inner core of some alloy which is impossible to tell without physically inspecting the coin per se. it could even be a layer of deposits ie minerals etc
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 Posted 01/08/2019  05:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add antwerpen2306 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
100 °/° authentic IMO . It is a posthumous coin from just after his death .The reference is Price 3692 . Hereby my tetradrachme , almost the same from Babylon . albert
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 Posted 01/08/2019  07:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Albert: Your coin raises far less suspicion in my mind than the OP example does.

It would be a good exercise if we all compared the two sets of images.
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 Posted 01/08/2019  08:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add antwerpen2306 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sel , I bought my coin by Roma Numismatics in London , so I can be sure I believe .
Looking better , it is maybe a fourée . I see some problems at the border at 3 / 5 / 9 / 11 h on the obverse .With the technics used to make fourrées , it is possible the problems are only at one border .To be sure (?) , better photos of the border and the edge are needed . albert
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 Posted 01/08/2019  12:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DirtyHarry to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So far it looks authentic to me with signs of corrosion and some lamination. Keep on researching anyway. I agree with albert. When in doubt, also posting hi-res pictures of the edges is a good idea!
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