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Maues AE coin in silver?

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Graham S:
I bought an apparent Indo-Scythian coin of Maues. It isn't an area I have much experience of, and when I bought it I thought it was rather battered, worn and corroded but genuine (I paid very little for it - it was a one-off from a dealer with no experience of ancients who usually sells modern coins). Once I looked it up I found it is exactly a type Senior 5.1, elephants head with bell on one side, caduceus with 'basilews mauo' on the other. But it is silver, not bronze.  I can't find any reference to a silver version of this coin, but I only have access to online lists like wildwinds.  The size is the same as the bronze ones  (26mm) and the weight is a bit too light for a tetradrachm (8.04 grammes). Is this a modern fake, or an ancient imitation? Were there local imitations of Indo-Scythian issues?

Thanks

Graham

Altamura:
On the picture it looks like bronze  :-\.

Could you please show us the other side as well?

Regards

Altamura

Graham S:
Definitely silver coloured in real life.

I'll another try at loading the obverse, hope it works this time.

Graham

Altamura:
To me this type is only known in bronze and in my eyes your coin on the pictures doesn't look like silver  :-\.
The weight of 8,04 g is also still within the weight range of these bronze issues.

Regards

Altamura

Graham S:
I have never seen bronze this colour before. However, if it is silver it doesn't look like the relatively pure silver in the only other IndoScythian coins I have (Azes). To me it looks most like the low-grade silver in the 3rd century Roman coins I'm more used to. Or maybe a copper-tin alloy with a high proportion of tin. I might try working out the specific gravity following this: http://www.attilacoins.com/Calculate_Specific_Gravidity_coin.asp which is something I've never tried before.

Graham

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