Shekel of Tyre Fake or Real?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Seath forder, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. Seath forder

    Seath forder New Member

    I've browsed through many post on this coin, I feel the one I have found is fake, the condition is way to good to be real. I am curious to know though Can anyone confirm?
    Weight is a little over 8 grams.

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  3. Mike Margolis

    Mike Margolis Well-Known Member

    think they should be 14 or 15 grams, doesn't look too good to me however there are better experts here on that part of ancients.
    "The Tyrian shekel were considered tetradrachms by the Greeks, as they weighed four Athenian drachmas, about 14 grams, more than earlier 11-gram shekels but regarded as equivalent for religious duties at that time."wikipedia
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  4. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Unquestionably fake. Wrong weight. Wrong style. Note the strange surface (casting bubbles and casting pearls) and the casting seam.
  5. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Supporter! Supporter

    Replica—the casting seam, flashing, porosity, and die mismatch...

    It would make a nice prop for an Easter play or video. Even better if you had 29 more of them.
  6. Seath forder

    Seath forder New Member

    Thanks for your replies after some further researching there was no way, the comparison to a real one was very different but do appreciate everyone's response, I had to clarify it for real.
  7. Pavlos

    Pavlos You pick out the big men. I'll make them brave!

    I am a beginner and when I doubt if a coin is real or fake on its appearance, I always look at the weight. A coin can look real but if the weight is completely off then there is definitely something wrong. And that 'something wrong' does not immediately mean it is fake, it can also be flaking, corrosion, damage etc that lowers the weight, however significant weight differences point to fake (for example your coin). I learned that sometimes it is best to just skip a coin when doubting.
  8. Nemo

    Nemo Well-Known Member

    [QUOTE="the condition is way to good to be real.[/QUOTE]
    Just a note for the beginners, there is no such thing as "to good to be real." There is nothing "good" about the OP coin. It is an awful fake but the fact that it is in an okay state of preservation is not an indicator of it being ancient or modern.

    What would you say, real or fake? I'll give you a hint, it sold for around $6,000 at auction and no, it's not mine. I wish it was!
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