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A/ Tête d'Apollon à droite.
R/ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟY. Bige à droite.
RR FDC. GC.6663
Au ; 8.63 gr ; 18 mm
Collection LIM. Monnaie d'une qualité remarquable. Vente Maison Palombo 8 lot 5.
Starting Price: 12000 EUR
Estimate: 15000 EUR
Here's a perfect example of why slabbed coins are becoming so important to the ancients market. The above coin on sale this month in a major French auction, is fake. Someone may pay the estimate which all in will cost him or her about $26,000. That's reasonable for this coin in this condition - were it real. That's a lot of money to pay for a fake coin. Especially when the coin has a provenance - from another major French auction house. It may well be that both auction houses consider this to be real. It's a good fake - if it's a fake. Yet, I'm pretty sure it is.
Now I haven't seen it in person. Maybe I'm wrong. But there are many fakes of this issue, and this one just looks wrong. If you can't tell why, it might be better for you to bid on slabbed coins.