Source of cracking on surface

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by tartanhill, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. tartanhill

    tartanhill Well-Known Member

    Anyone have an answer as to what caused the cracking on the surface of this coin?

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  4. tartanhill

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  5. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    Handle that coin very gently, as it may shatter easily.
  6. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Yup, I could see that one shattering if you dropped it...
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  7. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I bought a RR denarius that had a clean break due to crystallization. Bummer I don’t think there’s any way to reverse or even stabilize at that point
  8. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    This is very nice coin. I like the rendering of Philip II of Macedon on the obverse as well as the well centered reverse.

    Yes, the surfaces are somewhat crystallized due to horn silver, but I have seen much worse.

    Handle the coin with care, store safely, and it will give you enjoyment for years to come.
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  9. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Nice coin
  10. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    I find the surface patterns formed by crystallization interesting, even attractive, particularly on toned silver like that Philip II.

    THESSALY, Larissa. AR Hemidrachm.
    Thessaly Larissa - Hemi Taurokathapsia 2734.jpg

    THESSALY, Kierion. AR Trihemiobol.
    Thessaly Kierion - Trihemiobol BCD.jpg
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