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Opinion Regarding Alexander Drachm

 
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 Posted 01/14/2021  03:43 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Neil666 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello! I have this Alexander the Great Drachm from the Sardis mint. I wanted to know if there's a definitive way to tell whether this is a lifetime issue or not, since the legs of Zeus are placed apart and not one behind the other like in most posthumous issues. Thanks!


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 Posted 01/14/2021  06:54 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Appears to be a fouree.
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 Posted 01/14/2021  07:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Neil666 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hm. I got it from a respectable dealer on vcoins since it was quite bargain priced. He did mention there was some porosity, but the fact that it may be a fouree wasn't highlighted.
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 Posted 01/14/2021  6:11 pm  Show Profile   Check Wade's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Wade to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm not an ancient collector (in fact I had to look up what a fouree was) but there is a fair amount of brass/copper tones showing through.

Are these types usually contemporary counterfeits, or modern?

If contemporary, does that raise the value and/or demand?

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 Posted 01/15/2021  11:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Neil666 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fourees are contemporary counterfeits. I believe a fouree of a relatively common ancient coin would be more valuable than the original, but that's just speculation.
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 Posted 01/15/2021  11:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The brassy color appears to be reflection. The seller probably color corrected in post to whiten the coin but in doing so threw the light source out of balance. To my eye the coin is porous but I see no evidence of a copper core.

If I remember correctly, uncrossed legs are typical of lifetime issues but there are exceptions.
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