Greek heads

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Barry Murphy, Oct 13, 2021.

  1. Ed Snible

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    XRF doesn't seem "primitive" to me. The equipment costs $17,000. 0% of numismatic catalogs include elemental analysis as of 2021. I walked down 47th street with a fistful of dollars and no one would analyze coins for me.

    I agree Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry, which would get isotopes, would be interesting. I know David Hendin of the ANS has done work on the istopes of Judean coins. Do you know anyone who offers isotopic analysis of coins as a service? I have seen a few scattered papers on archeometallurgy coming out of universities that have both a physics department and archaeology department.

    What would impress me is a catalog of a small university coin collection with even elemental analysis of the entire corpus. Isotopic info would be a bonus.
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    1. Given that this thread has turned towards metal testing, I thought it might be helpful if I shared my experience with respect to having one of my coins (an incuse Caulonia stater) tested using XRF and an electron microscope.
    2. I made my enquiries among small testing labs supporting the mining industry. In no time I found a smaller lab with equipment and an engineer who had decades of metallurgical experience.
    3. Photos and details can be found at
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