Broken Siliqua

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Romancollector, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. Romancollector

    Romancollector Well-Known Member

    Hi everyone,

    Has anyone ever had a siliqua or something similar that broke?

    It has a tiny flan crack, but it is not where the coin actually broke.

    One of mine seemingly cracked clean in half, but I didn't drop it or squish it. I just keep it in a binder and have not removed it from its slot or handled it. Today, I opened the binder and turned to its page to see that it was broken. I should also add that there are far more delicate coins in the same binder, so I'm assuming it is not a problem related to its storage.

    Just wondering if this happened to anyone else or if there's a possible explanation.
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  3. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    Under certain burial circumstances, silver can become brittle and crystallized. These coins can break easily. I have a drachm of Alexander and a couple denari that have chipped or broken too. It happens. A while ago someone posted a Nero denarius that broke in the same way.

    The drachm was broken before I bought it... which was why it only cost me $11 (Beer made me buy it). The seller tried to glue it but the results were not great. Sorry that happened to your coin.
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  4. Romancollector

    Romancollector Well-Known Member

    @Orange Julius Thanks for the explanation. Given the appearance of the coin in the area where it broke, it seems very probable that it crystallized... too bad. I’m hoping to fix it, but it seems more likely that I’m going to have to replace it.
  5. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    A friend of mine sat on his Constantine III Siliqua and broke it into three pieces.Needless to say he doesn't do that anymore.
  6. Romancollector

    Romancollector Well-Known Member

    @Terence Cheesman that's a shame! Mine was just in its flip in a binder, never handled, dropped...etc.
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