My First Electrum

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by 7Calbrey, May 20, 2021.

  1. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    It's today that I acquired my first Electrum. Though I posted before, the coin wasn't mine at that time. It weighs 13.27 g. There's a sheep heading left on obverse. Four incuses on the reverse. I recall that Electrum was a natural alloy of gold and silver which was used to struck the first coins in History. The proportion of gold or silver in not stable. It could vary from 1 to 99 %. So it's like white gold unless the proportion of gold is very high, maybe over 80 or 90 %. Hope it's genuine. Here are my own photos.

    ElecSheep O.JPG ElecInc R.JPG
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  3. Roerbakmix

    Roerbakmix Well-Known Member

    As far as I could find out, only one specimen was sold before:
    ... for 6000 CHF (!). This is probably more than you paid. This is one of those coins you might want to send for authentication.
  4. pprp

    pprp Well-Known Member

    I don't know where did you look, in acsearch there are 10 examples of von fritze used to be rare but with the recent flood it's not rare any more
  5. pprp

    pprp Well-Known Member

    I am sorry to say but IMHO this is fake 99.9%. it is almost 3g underweight. The incuse square is totally different to the design used for staters of kyzikos. The ram is also very different compared to the known dies von fritze 46. I let a 0.01% possibility I'm case it is an ancient forgery; I have never seen one but I am not a scholar studying kyzikos. As someone else proposed already send it for authentication as soon as possible
  6. ominus1

    ominus1 Born in the time of the fins... Supporter

    ...kool Charles...idk if its fake or not, if it is, its a damn goodun! :)
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  7. arnoldoe

    arnoldoe Well-Known Member

    Not really.. 3 grams underweight, style way off , doesn’t appear to have enough gold, seller didn’t know what it was, flan shape is off from genuine coins. Probably not worth sending in..
  8. ominus1

    ominus1 Born in the time of the fins... Supporter

    ...yeah..but other than that...:rolleyes:
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  9. Southernman189

    Southernman189 Well-Known Member

    well for ONE, I hope it is real, as I have no clue. Good luck
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  10. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter too
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  11. ominus1

    ominus1 Born in the time of the fins... Supporter three...:)
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  12. Hookman

    Hookman Well-Known Member

    That's a shame.
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  13. I_v_a_n

    I_v_a_n Well-Known Member

    This coin is not a genuine EL stater. It has a little chanses to be a contemporary plated forgery in the best case.
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