Larissa? Thessaly silver drachm 5.1 grams 17mm real or fake?

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  1. John Hulgin

    John Hulgin JHULGIN Supporter

    I could not find this exact coin in my sears books from 1979, but It looks similar to Thessaly drachms. Please let me know your opinion real or fake? This coin has 97 % silver&2% copper (XRF +-2%). IMG_18309.jpg IMG_18310.jpg
     
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  3. Theodosius

    Theodosius Fine Style Seeker Supporter

    Best Answer
    You can use ACS search features for free. The paid part is finding out the hammer prices for auctions and doing imagery searches. It is a fantastic website that is super valuable to the community. I use their image searching and it is pretty amazing too but you do have to pay for it.

    Keyword searching is the free part. Like any text-based search there is kind of an art to finding what you want. If you know the name of the city that is a big help or emperor then typical descriptions for some of the imagery like horse shield helmet standing Nike etc usually takes some messing around to narrow down what you are looking for. Sometimes just some generic searches and then scrolling a bunch you figure out what city it's from. Then add that to the search terms and that further narrows it down. Play around with it.
     
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  4. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I think I’m seeing casting bubbles and mushy details.
     
  5. Theodosius

    Theodosius Fine Style Seeker Supporter

    Looks like

    https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=6253294

    But your example is so beat up it is hard to tell if it is fake or not. I would lean towards fake. That is one of the few signed dies in this series making it very unlikely to be a random find.

    It helps if you post the weight in grams and the size and millimeters.

    Using ACSsearch.info is a great way to look for similar coins and check their weight size and style. I searched for Larissa drachm and scrolled a little before finding this one.
     
  6. John Hulgin

    John Hulgin JHULGIN Supporter

    Weight 5.1 grams and diameter 17 mm
     
  7. John Hulgin

    John Hulgin JHULGIN Supporter

    Thank you. Is this a paid subscription? Ascsearch
     
  8. Theodosius

    Theodosius Fine Style Seeker Supporter

    Best Answer
    You can use ACS search features for free. The paid part is finding out the hammer prices for auctions and doing imagery searches. It is a fantastic website that is super valuable to the community. I use their image searching and it is pretty amazing too but you do have to pay for it.

    Keyword searching is the free part. Like any text-based search there is kind of an art to finding what you want. If you know the name of the city that is a big help or emperor then typical descriptions for some of the imagery like horse shield helmet standing Nike etc usually takes some messing around to narrow down what you are looking for. Sometimes just some generic searches and then scrolling a bunch you figure out what city it's from. Then add that to the search terms and that further narrows it down. Play around with it.
     
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  9. Theodosius

    Theodosius Fine Style Seeker Supporter

    The weight is pretty low.

    Should be close to 6 g.

    Probably not genuine and in that condition really not worth that much anyway.
     
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  10. John Hulgin

    John Hulgin JHULGIN Supporter

    Thanks for the help. I've been using google search photos, vcoins and I click on every picture in wildwinds to see if there is a match. That may be a better starting point.
     
  11. John Hulgin

    John Hulgin JHULGIN Supporter

    I will mark it as a fake, and move on Thanks again
     
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  12. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Waiting for your next one!
     
  13. romismatist

    romismatist Active Member

    Honestly it's a bit more difficult to tell with this one from my perspective, but I will defer to the experts...
     
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