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Tyre Shekel Real Or Fake?

 
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 Posted 06/10/2021  4:40 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Tajoura to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Local dealer to me had this Shekel. He "got it with a bunch of other stuff - doesn't know anything about ancients". I am new to this board and looking for input on "real or fake?". I weighed it with a triple beam scale and it weighed in at 14.4 grams. I tried to provide pictures from all sides to help out with evaluation. I have spent some time looking online at the various Shekel forgeries. I cannot decide. A couple of things stand out as question marks. There is an extra raised line on the reverse side between the border and the lettering. The "A" in the legend on the reverse side (about 9 o'clock) seems to be double struck or otherwise "off". The (?) spear between the club and the eagle's leg is washed out. The letter between the eagle's legs (aleph?) is not real strong. On the obverse the nose at the nostril looks to be double-struck (?). Under magnification there seem to be radius lines (radiating outward to the edge) in the field between the portrait (obverse) and the coin edge.

On the "pro" side, the weight is spot on. I cannot find similar forgeries. To my eye I do not see tell-tale bubble holes on high points. The reverse is slightly concave. The edge is not uniform thickness. I really cannot see what others describe as seams from a casting (interested to learn more if you can see any). The portrait variant matches well with other examples around the same date I have seen online (specifically Cohen, Supplemental Photographs, "Dated Coins of Antiquity"). I am stumped and look forward to hearing your inputs!










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 Posted 06/10/2021  5:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I believe your coin is a reverse die match - and quite possibly a double die match - to the following coin at CNG:

https://cNGCoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=42118

The fact that yours may match dies from a coin that was vetted by CNG is no guarantee of authenticity, of course, but it's a very good sign.

For comparison to theirs:

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 Posted 06/10/2021  5:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Tajoura to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow! I am not sure what is more amazing, the fact that a 2100 year old, hand-made coin has its twin, made from the same dies, still in existence after all of those years, OR the fact that in less than a half-hour after I posted my question you not only FOUND the twin but you supplied me with a picture of the same.

Thank you! You made my week.
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 Posted 06/10/2021  5:54 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Lovely coin, nice sharp strike.
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