Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by kevin McGonigal, Aug 10, 2018.
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Athenian didrachms and drachms are much rarer than the tetradrachms, so I understand your scepticism. Care to share a photo?
I'm sure some of the ancients folk around here can give some helpful incite.
an you determine from these photos if this is a cast copy?
There is nothing about that coin that strikes me as authentic... not the fabric, not the style, etc., plus it looks cast.
The usual disclaimer applies: I am not an expert.
I doubt it’s authentic. It has a cast appearance (pitted/smooth in the wrong areas) and the reddish color around the bust on the obverse looks artificial.
Paying for ‘authentication’ seems like a total waste of money.
Ditto to all @TIF said
No seam, but the eye seems to be cratered.
@kevin McGonigal $300 is still a lot today. At least it can be a featured piece in your Black Cabinet.
I am not sure why but my immediate reaction to any request for authentication of an Athenian Didrachm is that it must be false. Drachms and tetradrachms are common both in real and fake but the number of coins sold as didrachms I have seen that were nothing more than tourist/gift shop grade replicas makes me doubt that the maker even intended to make the rare coin but just made such poor fake tetradrachms that the weight was closer to the didrachm.
Speaking from recent personal experience, it hurts to realize you were fooled long ago when you were more foolish but at least you saved the $50 by getting the CT seal of disapproval. Our negative authentication does come with a guarantee. If that coin were to turn out to be genuine, we would buy it.
I don't think anyone will offer you a 100% guarantee. I have great respect for the folks at NGC and although they won't guarantee authenticity—they see and handle a lot of ancients and they are very good at spotting altered and fake coins. If you don't trust the dealer, I wouldn't purchase the coin.
Edited: I meant to say no third party grading company will offer a 100% guarantee.
@IdesOfMarch01 , is correct—there are many excellent and reputable dealers who will guarantee the authenticity of their coins.
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