Does this seem odd to you??

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Everett Guy, Nov 21, 2020.

  1. Everett Guy

    Everett Guy Well-Known Member

    The rim of this coin is pretty much smooth like a nickel but one part is dammaged....maybe the part on the rim where "copy" would of been stamped? I never seen a coin with a almost perefect wide rim on it. What do you all think? Its just smaller than a quarter also... 20201121_005549.jpg 20201121_005618.jpg 20201121_005502.jpg
     
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  3. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Is it a bronze or silver coin? Looks like a bronze piece from the thickness.
     
  4. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    Can you try posting photos that aren't quite so blurred? It's hard to see these.
     
  5. red_spork

    red_spork Triumvir monetalis Supporter

    This coin strikes me as almost certainly modern. Beyond the edge, what I can see of the surfaces in these pictures look like a pressed coin as opposed to something struck. The way that die border disappears on the obverse near INA also looks suspect
     
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  6. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Usually I'd advise you not to look at coins from sources that sell things like this but you seem to be learning the valuable skill of doubting things for good reasons. Unfortunately, it is quite likely that these same sellers have coins not quite this obvious so you may be learning to accept things you should not at the same time.
    I agree with Donna that improving your photo skills should be high on your 'to-do' list. Being able to communicate on this list requires a minimal level of language skills in photography if you are to get full benefit of participating here. We have members from all over the world but those who do not have English as their primary language have made the effort to learn enough English to make themselves understood by those of us who do not read their language. It is the same with photography. If it is not something that comes naturally to you, it is something it would be convenient to learn.
     
  7. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    One of the hardest things is keeping the camera steady. I built a stand for my camera (an old Nikon split-body Coolpix 4500) from some scrap lumber I had in the basement and a $2 conduit clamp from a hardware store. Here's my setup:
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  8. Theodosius

    Theodosius Fine Style Seeker Supporter

    If it is a genuine coin maybe it was filed to fit into a jewelry setting? Either way one to avoid.

    Good eye spotting that there's something wrong with it.

    John
     
  9. Everett Guy

    Everett Guy Well-Known Member

    Its listed as silver.
     
  10. Everett Guy

    Everett Guy Well-Known Member

    These were the only pics seller had.
     
  11. Everett Guy

    Everett Guy Well-Known Member

    I did not buy the coin. I seen it listed. Its the onky pics the seller had of the coin. But from what I have seen or what it looks like is that rim looks wide and the same width all the way around except the one spot. That spot looks like its was dammaged by grinder or sander, maybe both? Just my thought someone was taking the "copy" of a modern coin and trying to pass it off or make a buck. The sellers words of "i am not a dealer, go by the pics to make your own decision" alone for me is more i will pass because of the pics and sellers statment together.
     
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  12. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    While the unusual edge could be found on a genuine coin - this isn't the obvious clue, several thoughts:
    - bust left is unusual, can you find this coin in OCRE for Crispina?
    - check the fake database - here's a similar (same die?) fake obverse
    - check sellers other coins - the Gordian also looks fake; the seller has a good reputation, but clearly doesn't have experience in ancient coins

    With so many fakes on EBay and some quite deceptive: caveat emptor or try the NGC service which is also helpful and worth $5.

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