Advice On Purchase

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by 7Calbrey, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    I was offered this silver coin to buy. It looks rare to me, but the condition is below average. Besides, I can't identify the Emperor on obverse nor even the Dynasty to which he may belong. Please post any guess if you have? Thanks.

    SilvC O.JPG SilCupr R.JPG
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  3. Brian Bucklan

    Brian Bucklan Well-Known Member

    Sasanian AR Drachm with the altar/attendants reverse. The portrait of the king will lead you to the proper identification.
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  4. Pellinore

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    It’s a Shapur I drachm, crown with earflaps. 241-272. Also spelled Sapur. Look into VCoins. What’s the weight?
  5. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    It's a silver drachm of Shapur I. Fairly scarce and in very high demand because he caused such a headache for the Roman's, and also because he employed the best celatores to ever work under the Sassanians.

    The coin itself is quite beat up and IMO I would only buy it at a steep discount; something on the order of $30-40 would be fair. They can be bought relatively problem free for $100-150.
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  6. Pellinore

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    There’s a lot of VF drachms of Shapur I on the market, in fact you rarely see them worn.
  7. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    As others have stated, Shapur I, looks genuine but rather low-grade for these. Not a rare coin (nice problem-free examples are almost always available) so I personally would pass.
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  8. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    Thanks very much for your kind replies. I don't have the weight, just the picture. So many are being offered here nowadays, of every kind. Money is becoming scarce, rather than coins themselves.
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