Crystal Coin

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by SeptimusT, Dec 4, 2020.

  1. SeptimusT

    SeptimusT Well-Known Member

    Thought this was neat and worth sharing. It's an ancient Indian punchmarked silver karshapana with a nice crop of cuprite crystals growing on it. I can't really identify it beyond saying that it's probably third century BC, but I've decided not to clean it because of how interesting the cuprite is! It manages to check my numismatist and rockhound boxes in one go. Has anyone else come across anything like this?

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  3. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I believe you are doing the right thing.
  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    I've never seen an ancient coin with something like that on it. I would keep it on it too. It's not like it's an Eid Mar or Julius Caesar coin.

    Very cool though.
  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    That's cool. I would definitely leave it as is as well.
  6. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Well-Known Member

    Truly amazing . It's bring out the details.
  7. mrweaseluv

    mrweaseluv Supporter! Supporter

    Have never seen one like that is very very sweet. Being a bit of a rockhound myself I appreaciate your difficult decision lol :D
  8. AnYangMan

    AnYangMan Well-Known Member

    Awesome! You quite frequently see these very course crystals on various Chinese coins and sometimes they even resemble a sort of Geode-like ‘cave’. I have probably shared this image a thousand times here already, but something similar (plus some Cerussite crystals):


    It is the first time I have seen this well-developed crystals on something silver though! Neat find! I think you made the right call ;)
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  9. Pishpash

    Pishpash Supporter! Supporter

    A stunning curiosity.
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