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 Posted 08/10/2018  09:47 am Show Profile   Check ancient67's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add ancient67 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi everyone

Here are some new coins that I have bought during the two last months.

A Tetras from Akragas, a drachm from Syracuse (possibly by the engraver Eukleidas) and an hemiobol from Thasos.

Just for the pleasure to share them with you!



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 Posted 08/10/2018  10:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jskirwin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice.
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 Posted 08/10/2018  12:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well done. I particularly like the hemiobol. Thanks for sharing.
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 Posted 08/10/2018  1:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinBuffalo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Woah there's a coin with a crab on it? That's really cool. I may have to put it on a list of future acquisitions myself.
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 Posted 08/10/2018  3:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great image of Pan on that hemi-obol. Thanks for sharing!
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 Posted 08/10/2018  5:10 pm  Show Profile   Check FVRIVS RVFVS's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add FVRIVS RVFVS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No offense intended but
I am skeptical about the Akragas bronze
There have been some truly great struck fakes of Akragas recently but this coin has every indication of a quality casting
The coin is unusually even in appearance with no pitting
The details are all intact yet the details are soft looking and lacking the sharp details of a struck piece

I could be wrong
But I don't think it's genuine

A fake Akragas bronze recently offered by a reputable auction house


The forger was clever enough to include "minor" pitting
His mistake was that each one he made shared some of the same pits as the others
IN GOD WE TRVST ....... all others pay cash !

COGITO ERGO SPVD
I think ...... therefore I yam
Edited by FVRIVS RVFVS
08/10/2018 5:14 pm
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 Posted 08/10/2018  5:41 pm  Show Profile   Check FVRIVS RVFVS's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add FVRIVS RVFVS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A successful casting in bronze requires a sizable sprue for the entry point of the metal
Likewise it requires an exit point on the opposite side for air to escape the oncoming molten metal
I see two opposing areas both of which are flattened (filed down ?)
I am very suspicious by nature
Even more so when confronted by two markers like these

IN GOD WE TRVST ....... all others pay cash !

COGITO ERGO SPVD
I think ...... therefore I yam
Edited by FVRIVS RVFVS
08/10/2018 5:43 pm
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 Posted 08/10/2018  6:57 pm  Show Profile   Check ancient67's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ancient67 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, Furius Rufus your doubts have to be taken seriously. I'll try to inquire more on this...
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