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24.5 MM, 11.5 G, Fouree Or Modern Fake Tetradrachm Of Rhodes?

 
 
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 Posted 10/18/2019  10:08 pm Show Profile   Check louisvillekyshop's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add louisvillekyshop to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
24.5 mm, 11.5 g, Fouree or Modern Fake Tetradrachm of Rhodes?
Obviously can't be real as it is two grams light of the comparison coins. Just curious your thoughts folks.





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 Posted 10/19/2019  06:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@lks, thank you for providing multiple views of the edge. I don't see a parting line, but the freshness of that surface compared with the obv and rev concerns me. I'm not very good at identifying fakes, but this one concerns me.
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 Posted 10/19/2019  08:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a tourist copy, maybe even silver plated.

Diameter OK for a Rhodian tetradrachm, but as you have suggested by innuendo, weight is too low.
You are right. It should be around 13.2 grams.

Edge OK, but filled redial edge cracks suggest cast, most probably by lost wax investment casting.
Injection sprue probably on the surface of the coin, not the edge, (mostly filed off, then tapped flat), maybe at the end of the ray above the head of Helios.

Always the easiest way of picking fakes, (either ancient or modern), is to consider a different method of manufacture from the original. (Otherwise known by the Victorian antiquarians as 'fabric').

Provenance? Where did it come from?

Then, you go looking through a modern digital fake data base.
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 Posted 10/19/2019  10:37 am  Show Profile   Check louisvillekyshop's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add louisvillekyshop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks! Very thoughtful responses that are truly appreciated!
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