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Author Topic: Leo IV Miliaresion Plated?  (Read 64 times)

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Offline Alex S2

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Leo IV Miliaresion Plated?
« on: September 12, 2021, 04:38:53 am »
Dear Forvm Community,

I assume that this coin is plated.

So the question is by whom? Could this be official issue or maybe ancient forgery?

Would appreciate any thoughts and opinions on this.

Thanks a lot.

Alex

Offline otlichnik

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Re: Leo IV Miliaresion Plated?
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2021, 11:27:26 am »
I don't believe the coin is plated.

I think that you have a silver coin with several things happening. 

Though the whole coin is silver, the surface and interior are slightly different due to some or all of - deliberate surface enrichment at the time of manufacture (e.g. pickling in a natural acid), burial, and cleaning.  The surface layer is then cracked and flaked off in parts revealing a darker looking, but still silver interior.

There is also some build up of horn silver(?) on the reverse in particular.

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Re: Leo IV Miliaresion Plated?
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2021, 11:00:05 pm »
I agree that the coin looks like an official issue

Offline Alex S2

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Re: Leo IV Miliaresion Plated?
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2021, 07:02:38 am »
otlichnik, Obryzum Thank you very much for your help. So many new things to learn every time with every new coin :)

 

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