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Alexander the Great imitation

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#1 salvatore

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 04:31 AM

Bought coin from e-bay Spainish seller. Believe its fake, another coin dealer preaty much agrees. The size, a tinny bit bigger (round) than U.S coin, same thickness, weight is about 8 grams. It doesn't sound silver when dropped. What is it?, and should I send it back, have 45 days...The seller didn't say imitation, made it sound authentic. Alexander the Great, Herackle on obverse and Zeus, father with septer, eagle/hawk on throne in reverse. In Reverse, notice the u shape on the left, and no mint marks under chair. Mark from

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:16 PM

It is a cast fake of an Alexander III tetradrachm - it just has the look of a fake, the metal is NOT silver - it is some pewter with a high lead content that is soft and the result is the damage.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 06:02 PM

Scottish Money, I though so, but just had to hear it from another collector or two before I try to return. Its cast fake, pewter or lead content with some damage. Thank you and take care...

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 01:47 AM

I have a bunch of them in a junk box somewhere, they are made for tourists in the middle east and Greece. Not legal to take the real coins out of a lot of those countries.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:02 AM

Thank you Scottishmoney, I've since had seller agree to accept this fake coin, returned for a full refund. I've learned my leason on ebay and warn new comers on the pittfalls of ebay frauds or any other coin transaction fakes...In fact, if you look closely to hercules/ herackles right shoulder you can see a little sauder spot from a recent addition to the coin. Great catch and I appreciates everybodys advice.




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