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I really want someone to take on the issue of the encrustations.  That to me could easily resolve this whole issue.  I'm tempted to bury one of my gold coins for a year and see if any encrustations appear in the recesses!

Does it really make any difference if it comes to encrustrations what noble metal the coin is consisting of?
If yes why?
Do we really have different mineral encrustrations on silver and gold coins?

If the early 18th century discovery date of these coins is accurate, perhaps the silver coins would be good to take a close look at. As we know, silver is more reactive to environmental conditions than is gold or electrum. Ancient silver coins can often show evidence of 'redeposited silver', 'horn silver', 'crystallization', etc. While modern forgers are reportedly able to replicate these, perhaps early 18th century forgers were not so skilled? If any of the silver examples of the coins in question show evidence of these environmental degradations, perhaps it would be helpful in determining their age, and have implications for the gold/electrum examples.
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Identification Help / Re: denar Sevrvs Pivs Avg
« Last post by Ron C2 on Today at 08:13:56 pm »
Anything is possible, including misattribution of mints in RIC, but I would suggest the portrait on this coin looks eastern to me and the reverse is clearly an eastern type.
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Uncleaned Ancient Coin Discussion / Re: 20x stereo microscope
« Last post by Robert_Brenchley on Today at 05:51:45 pm »
Microscope photography's good fun and a useful record; I've been getting the necessary together to do pics of microbes. But you do need to plan from the beginning; are you going to use one of the specialist microscope cameras, which have their own limitations, or get an adapter for a DSLR? If the latter, you need a trinocular as without the vertical camera tube it won't be stable.
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This really would make a great paper if the writer was able to cover all the bases. Everything about it, including the discussion here, is extremely interesting. I am sure there are writers that could do this justice.

Virgil
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History and Archeology / Re: Archaeological News
« Last post by Virgil H on Today at 02:20:00 pm »
That truly is terrible, as the article says, a loss for history and for the finders who followed the law. Hopefully they will be recovered.

Virgil
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History and Archeology / Re: Archaeological News
« Last post by wileyc on Today at 02:14:39 pm »
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Thank you,Quadrans! :)
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A potentially cast gold imitation from (I think) Ukraine or Romania.  Another, I think from the same region, definitely cast and weighing 11g.  These were shared by Tejas on another forum--not sure if he posts here but he has provided soe great commentary.  The second coin is ex. Leu. Clearly a presitge piece but shows wear.

While I would love for someone to do a measured response for Koinon, I don't blame anyone for not wanting to tread into these waters!
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Identification Help / Re: Prutah identification 3
« Last post by Amelia B on Today at 10:07:46 am »
Here you can read Greek ΩΣ AΛEΞAN. It is the same type as in Prutah identification 2
Alexander Jannaeus, Meshorer TJC Group K (several different variants)

Best regards
Jochen

Thank you as always :D
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Identification Help / Re: Prutah identification 2
« Last post by Amelia B on Today at 10:07:01 am »
Dear Amelia!

The Greek letters  ΣIΛΕΩ on the obv. are part of the legend AΛEΞANΔPOY BAΣIΛΕΩΣ around anchor.
The rev. has the same legend in Aramaic letters.between the rays of a star.
Alexander Jannaeus, Meshorer TJC Group K (several different variants)

Best regards
Jochen

Awesome! many thanks :)
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