Fake or original

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Lee Gilmore, Oct 28, 2021.

  1. Lee Gilmore

    Lee Gilmore Member

    Hello friends.
    I have seen someone is trying to sell a coin described as Mysia Kyzikos Electrum.
    It weighs 5.8gm and measures 19mm.
    It looks very similar to the coin picture attached but I can only find two weights for this type 10.7gm and 8.1gm.
    So is it not possible to have a weight of 5.8gm or were similar designed coins of a lesser weight also made?
     
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  3. Ryro

    Ryro The last of the Diadochi Supporter

    These coins come in many different weights and sizes.
    And there is no way to tell if it is fake or real with a picture of a semi similar coin...
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    Pic from "100 Greatest Ancient coins"
     
  4. Lee Gilmore

    Lee Gilmore Member

    Thanks for your quick reply here is a picture of the coin for sale.
     

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  5. Ryro

    Ryro The last of the Diadochi Supporter

    Sorry but I would give it a hard pass.
     
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  6. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter Dealer

    The 10 gram coin would be a stater, or double siglos. I don't know whether the confronted bull-lion type was struck in smaller denominations. In the 6th century BC, the mint at Kyzikos struck coins as small as 1/12 of a stater. I don't have a reference for these coins, but the point is, you have to know the denomination you're dealing with in order to assess the weight properly.
     
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  7. red_spork

    red_spork Triumvir monetalis Supporter

    This is a modern replica
     
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  8. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter Dealer

    The coin you posted is a fake.
     
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  9. Lee Gilmore

    Lee Gilmore Member

    Thanks for all the quick comments. I was pretty sure it was fake but just needed to confirm it.
     
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  10. alyattes

    alyattes New Member

    The coin in the picture is a Lydian coin. Unfortunately, there is no coin printed by the Kyzikos mint in the legend and according to the weight you gave.How do I know? I am currently living 20 km away from the old city of Kyzikos.:)

    Sorry for my english. I use google translate.
     
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  11. Lee Gilmore

    Lee Gilmore Member

    Thanks for your reply
     
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