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Ancient coin riddle

Post by landrew » Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:21 pm

An archaeologist finds a coin dated 343 B.C.
How does he know it's a fake?
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Re: Ancient coin riddle

Post by Gord » Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:24 pm

Coin makers aren't psychic, otherwise it would be engraved "In Trump We Truft".

Also, the earliest known coin with an Anno Domini date is from 1234 AD. Samian Silver Tetradrachms were probably minted with dates on them by 494 BC, but they were labelled "year 1" because that would have been the first year they were minted that way. (The Samian dating may also have been year 1 of someone's reign, but I have no idea who ruled the island of Samos at that time.)
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Re: Ancient coin riddle

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Re: Ancient coin riddle

Post by landrew » Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:30 pm

Gord wrote:Coin makers aren't psychic, otherwise it would be engraved "In Trump We Truft".
I was sure you had this one. Because no one knew it was B.C. when it was B.C.

P.S. Nobody was using BCE (Before Current Era) either.
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Re: Ancient coin riddle

Post by Gord » Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:32 pm

...I added more details to my first post 'cause numismatics is fun.
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Re: Ancient coin riddle

Post by OlegTheBatty » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:43 pm

Another way to tell it was fake:

There wasn't a letter 'c' around that time, at least, not as such. The Romans used it as a k (kappa). However, the Cyrillic alphabet has a c, although it is equivalent to the English s.

So, the coin would have been dated 343 BS. :mrgreen:
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Re: Ancient coin riddle

Post by TJrandom » Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:22 am

I lost that coin... please return it.