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I have three of these coins, if that is what they are, in identical form and condition. They were given to me by my grandfather about 60 years ago. He may have acquired them in Egypt when he was stationed there in the 1930s. I presume they are forgeries but would welcome comments. The coin weighs 10.9 grams.

Sorry, but I can only  show one side of the "coin" as, although I have reduced the size of the photos, the site will not accept it. The obverse side shows a head, with a headband, facing right.  

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That looks like a classic tetradrachm (or similar) from the Philip of Macedon era. There are many variations on the 'head obverse / eagle reverse' design.

HOWEVER, to have three that are absolutely identical doesn't ring true (if you'll excuse the pun). Just as no two hammered medieval coins are identical due to striking methods, so the same applies to ancient coins.

Put the three side by side and take a photo, but crop out the vast border area you've got, and the site should accept it (500k per post is the limit). You can always post the reverse in a separate post in the same topic.

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Hi Peckris 2,

Thanks for your observations.

As suggested by you, I attach a photo of all three coins showing their obverse side. Having looked at them again more carefully, I see that they are very similar but not identical. What do you think?
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Sadly pictures not loading.

 

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Sorry Peckris 2 and Paddy. Hopefully this attempt will be successful.

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Cast replicas, I’m afraid. All from the same mould, which appears to be progressively breaking up, judging by the flaws.

Jerry

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Seconded I'm afraid.

 

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Hi Jelida and Paddy,

Thanks for your advice. Much appreciated.

David

 

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Pretty coin at least you know its a tourist piece now

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Yes I agree - nice replicas from the same original, but that's all they are.

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