Horn silver

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Basileus Antialcidas, Jul 11, 2022.

  1. Basileus Antialcidas

    Basileus Antialcidas Active Member

    Got this stater in good price due to reverse being as it is. The obverse though I believe is quite exceptional for the type. The question is what could have made it look like that? Is it harshly cleaned horn silver?

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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Horn silver and crystallization from the looks of it.

    Looks like it's from just the dirt/soil it was in. Some cleaning caused it too.
  4. Roerbakmix

    Roerbakmix Well-Known Member

    Difficult to say with these photos. Could you share images with a higher resolution?
  5. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    That's a nice coin! I really like the strike. The obverse is super nice!

    There seem to be some deposits on the reverse, but I think the coin's overall appearance is due to cleaning.

    The coin will darken over time, especially if it is left out.
  6. dltsrq

    dltsrq Grumpy Old Man

    Just above the triskelion, do I see silver plate flaking away from a copper core?
  7. Basileus Antialcidas

    Basileus Antialcidas Active Member

    No actually that is horn silver.
  8. Basileus Antialcidas

    Basileus Antialcidas Active Member

    I loved the obverse, to be honest is one of the sharpest I have ever seen on this type. I had to make a compromise with the reverse which is not that bad but surely not that good either.
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