Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by ernstk, Sep 22, 2020.
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Crystalized dendrites? Cracquelure?
There is a coin with very similar criss cross surface in Zeno which is condemned as fake.
This surface shows that it was casted and cooled down fast. when you cool down a silver coin very fast you get this surface. nothing to do with age
Suspected as a fake.
I viewed the posts on your link. I counted an equal amount of posts conveying suspicions that it was cast, and those differing; believing the surface condition a result of crystallization.
That is hardly a consensus.
I'm not in a position to make a qualified decision either way, in part due to my not being very familiar with Sasanian coinage.
However, as a budding ancients collector, I tend to agree with my gut on such matters. If I have strong 'doubtful' suspicions about the potential authenticity of a coin, I make a conscious choice to pass. Even if the coin is indeed genuine, my own satisfaction will never be under threat, due to potential lingering second-guessing its authenticity.
I accept that: unless it is an uber rare type, another one (that I feel more confident on) will come down the pipe.
Doug that sounds an awful lot like the old witch test story
Throw her in a lake - if she floats she is confirmed a witch but if she drowns.... oops
FWIW, the OP coin doesn't sit well with me. Can't put my finger on it, but I wouldn't bid.
am interested in the type (it’s a variant I would like to have), but it is not that rare. There were six or seven for sale in a few months, so I decided I can wait.
Your gut feeling is probably right as is mine on this. I would not touch such coin and to my surprise its being offered by one of the main experienced auction houses specializing in eastern coinage. So I am surprised they did not have the same feeling as us!!!
The auction house is able to examine the coin in hand, which we are not able to do. So I wouldn't take a few opinions condemning the coin as irrefutable proof.
You can raise your doubts with the auction house, and they will usually withdraw coin if they come to the same conclusion. They have nothing to lose - the coin can simply be returned to the consignor if it's fake.
You are doubtful of the coin and you wouldn't be happy owning it, so it doesn't really matter if it's real or not.
I don't care I don't plan to buy a coin that I have doubts no matter how much my doubts are. So in this case I just won't bid on such coin. Let the winner figure that out or contact the auction house if he has to. I just posted to see what others think of this coin
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