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Is This Greek Dekadrachm (The Owl Of Wisdom) Real? Found In Turkey.

 
 
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 Posted 05/08/2019  05:58 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add 123king to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello everyone,

The coin was found in Turkey which increases the change of being real as far as I research it. Its horizontal radius is ~3 cm and its vertical radius is ~3.3 cm. I do not know its weight yet. I wonder if it is real or not.

EDIT: The rear side of the coin (the owl) is upside down comparison to the front side (head)



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05/08/2019 06:57 am
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 Posted 05/08/2019  09:09 am  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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It appears to be a cast copy, there is a casting seam along the edge.

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 Posted 05/08/2019  09:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The provenance and attached find site information for this coin would have to be independently provable, to help support authenticity.

One would then wonder why a coin of such importance to the Heritage of Turkey, is not in a Turkish museum, instead of being commercially available on the international collector market.
For this reason, illegal to export from Turkey, and to import into the United States.

I agree: it appears to be a cast fake.
Field roughness and 'mushiness' of design detail suggest 'cast'.
Edge pictures also suggest cast - evidence can be seen of the removal of the mold joint seam.
(I have an example in my 'black' collection - it is the only way I will ever get to own one).
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Thank you for the information.

According to the Internet, this Green dekadrachm are mostly located in Turkey and I thought it might be a real one and wanted to emphasize the location. Since it looks not a real one, I'll keep the coin.
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 Posted 05/09/2019  03:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a fake dekadrachm, much like the example pictured; I keep it in my 'black' collection.

Due to my impecunity, I will never get to own a real one.
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