Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Lyricfive, Oct 30, 2019.
It weighs about 10 lb and measures about 10 by 8 inches.
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Unless you have some provenance on it beyond your stepfather's collection, I would be hesitant to say it's authentic, as these things are fairly easy to fake.
It may have been used as barter but that is not money. If this is money, what denomination is it? Were different weights or sizes used as money and they all had a different denomination?
If it is money the size and weight alone would be the best form of theft protection I've ever known.
Read the wiki article I linked above. They weren't carried around.
My stepfather also had very large copper riksdaler plates (see photo) which weighed over 50 pounds and that was at one point considered money so after seeing that nothing shocks me. I believe perhaps these were used bartering like you said though. Thanks for your feedback.
@Lyricfive do you have any receipts or auction records showing how your stepfather acquired the stone? My guess is that it would be nearly impossible to authenticate without provenance.
I did. Thank you. True but bizarre. But to prove what it is one must show a history of the piece.
My apologies to you. They are probably what you said they are but as the owner it's up to you to prove what it is. Best wishes on getting that proof.
I would think that some sort of mineral analysis could at least confirm whether or not it was quarried in the right place. Not sure who would do this and what it would cost. I'd start with an appropriate museum. Perhaps ask the ANA people (Doug Mudd) how they'd go about authenticating a Rai stone.
That is great. Hope you will keep us up to date as things progress with your very interesting piece.
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