syzygy Posted June 17, 2005 Report Share Posted June 17, 2005 After selecting two coins during my last visit to one of my favorite coin shops, I hit the three boxes of six-for-a-buck world coins – it’s become a ritual. In this case, thanks to a post here about shapes as a topical, I was gathering up a few multi-sided varieties. Then I spotted this oddball. It looked like a proof medal of some kind. While checking out, the dealer (who is always extremely friendly) told me that it should not have been in the “junk” box. I asked him what it was and he replied that he thought it was silver and gave it a drop on the counter (the ring test). “Silver?? Really? - nahhhh” I was perfectly willing to pass it up and offered to do so, but he said no, so it came back with me. Anybody recognize it? I did some searching on the net and the Sutu Palace is a famous palace in Bucharest and very rich with history. Apparently, this is some kind of commemorative piece, but I did not find it listed anywhere – anybody recognizes it? It weighs about 9.7 grams and is 28 cm in diameter. To satisfy my curiosity, I did a quick test to measure its specific gravity (the technique I used is illustrated here if you are interested: http://www.mendosus.com/sg.html ). And what do you know; it came out at about 10.3-10.4 – right around the value for high purity silver. So, I learned a couple of things: 1) I can’t tell the “twang” from silver and 2) Coin dealers who have been looking at silver coins for the last kazillion years can. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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