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Friends, Do You Believe This Stater Is Fake?

 
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 Posted 03/28/2020  7:44 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add prsferreira to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Friends, do you believe this stater is fake?



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 Posted 03/28/2020  8:37 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I find the marks at the 3 and 9 o'clock odd, but on the other hand I see what looks like flow lines on the obverse which is a good sign. IMO the coin is genuine.
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 Posted 03/28/2020  9:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add prsferreira to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you, echizento. And are these holes not a problem?
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 Posted 03/28/2020  9:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I guess I'm straddling the fence on this one. If it is a fake, it's a good one. I don't believe it's in the fake reports, but of course Alexander III staters, as a general type, are often faked.

The obverse is a match for several Price 910s, for example:
https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=2634297
https://cNGCoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=249441
That CNG coin is currently listed here:
https://www.ma-shops.com/henzen/item.php?id=43501

This may be both an obverse and reverse match here:
https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=861800

Whether the OP coin is struck from the same dies, or cast from a host coin of those dies, I'm not sure. (Important to remember that sometimes flow lines can survive the casting process) I suppose I am concerned by three things: the pits under Athena's chin and, especially, by the rendition of the POY in AΛEΞANΔPOY on the reverse. The "P", in particular, gives me some pause.

Looking forward to seeing more opinions.
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 Posted 03/28/2020  10:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add prsferreira to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Dear Echizento and Bob L. I appreciate the comments. They were invaluable help. Best Regards
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 Posted 03/29/2020  12:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I find some aspects troubling such as the chin and the "holes" that you mention. I'm not an expert on Macedonian gold but I would have it examined by one before buying, even at a "bargain" price.
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