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Fake Or Real New Style Athens Tetradrachm?

 
 
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Canada
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 Posted 05/14/2019  5:55 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Solace-ian to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi everybody,

I wonder what you guys think about this coin. It has some pretty bad surface wear. I assume it was buried, dug up and harshly cleaned.

It weighs 15.3g. A tetradrachm typically weighs between 16-17g.




Anyway, I'm curious whether the community will think its fake based on the images and stated weight.

Thanks!
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France
158 Posts
 Posted 05/14/2019  6:17 pm  Show Profile   Check ancient67's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ancient67 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My impression is that it is genuine.
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Australia
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 Posted 05/14/2019  8:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What is the average diameter?
Style OK.
Not too happy about the surface texture.
Does it feel greasy to the touch?
Your assumption about burial and cleaning may be right, can't say so for sure at this stage.

Examine the edge closely, looking all around for removal of a casting sprue, or other working of the edge.

May need XRF testing for final confirmation. The ancients were not able to remove quite a large variety of trace elements; these are what you look for in an XRF test.
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 Posted 05/14/2019  9:24 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My impression is that it's genuine but has environmental damage giving the surface that rough appearance.
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