Coin Doubts

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by ernstk, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. ernstk

    ernstk Active Member

    I know some might think its genuine but I have doubts. the style doesn't seem right. The coin is too thick . The hair seems very wobbly and not rendered good. I have doubts , I don't know how NGC think it is genuine I am surprised!
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  3. GregH

    GregH Well-Known Member

    It looks real to me. Roman tetradrachma are thick. Style on these is usually cruder than Imperial coins. But you should only buy a coin you love. If there's doubt, there's no doubt.
  4. Kentucky

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    It's real.
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  5. ernstk

    ernstk Active Member

    Thanks. I thought Nero coins are thiner but I confess I have not handled as many so I could be wrong.
  6. RichardT

    RichardT Well-Known Member

    For anyone reading this thread... if anyone has doubts about whether an NGC slab is real, you can look it up here, provided you have the cert number:

    Now even though an NGC cert is real, NGC may still make a mistake. But since they have had their experts examine the coin in hand, I would value their opinion more than any random forum poster.

    Unless of course convincing reasons are provided why the coin may be fake, (identical twin for sale elsewhere for example). Not just odd style.
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  7. ernstk

    ernstk Active Member

    Please note coming across an identical or twin coin is a very very rare incident for detecting fakes. In many cases one might never come across such a case even though the coin is a fake. The style is used in many cases when the coin is condemned . I refer you to articles posted by Robert kokotailo in Calgary coins site where he condemned some well done fakes by wrong styles
  8. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    As I recall, these appear over a period of years and include more variation in style and fabric than most would expect. I also reecall seeing a fake from the series but see no reason to doubt NGC on it.

    Another style variation with thinner fabric:

    This one is fourree and, I believe, ancient.
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  9. RichardT

    RichardT Well-Known Member

    Perhaps it wasn't clear enough.

    Yes, style is a means of identifying a fake. However, if NGC has given an opinion that the coin is genuine, (having examined it in hand), I would certainly expect that they are declaring the style to be correct. Among other things, like weight, diameter, surfaces, etc.

    Again, I would value the opinion of NGC experts over a random forum poster. And I would suggest that it's a good idea.
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