Benefactor kirispupis Posted August 18, 2022 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted August 18, 2022 Thought I'd post an internal debate I'm having about a purchase, since only on this board will anyone understand. 🙂 Note that my current conclusion is to not buy the coin. The coin is on my Pri 1 list, which now consists mainly of very difficult to find coins. Of the 15 remaining there, one I've now lost three times due to comical reasons at auction and one is relatively common, but too pricy for me to spring at now. The rest I don't see accessible copies at auction (a few came up way above my price limit). So, I take strong notice when one comes up within my budget. Of the people those 15 coins represent, this is easily the most important one remaining. He played a major role in the history I most focus on, but coins attributed to him are scarce. The attribution itself is shaky. It rests on a well-respected scholar saying "well...it could be from him" and, since then, everyone's agreed that it would be an odd attribution, but there's not enough data to either prove or disprove it. This is the second time I've had an opportunity at this coin. The first was an extremely poor example from an auction that tends to bid things up too high. I ultimately didn't bid because it was literally the worst example I'd seen online. Typical with that auction, it sold for more than what it was worth. This particular example is quite poor, but not nearly so disastrous as the previous one. The price is lower than that paid at the other auction, but is still too high IMHO for the condition. This is very much a specialists' coin and, though it doesn't come up too often, it tends to be ignored. I do not like the seller currently listing it. While others here have vouched for them, I still don't trust them and have never purchased a coin from them. This is an unpublished variant of the coin. Looking through all known examples, I haven't found another one. I've read some papers that may explain the difference for this variation, but lately I've become more suspicious of unpublished variants because they often turn up fake, so I give them more scrutiny. The condition of the coin gives me no confidence. It's probably real, but there are aspects that make me pause. The size and weight, though, are fine. For me, what clearly put me in the camp to not buy was the fact that it's clearly tooled. AFAICT someone tooled a smiley face. I do have a few coins that were tooled, but none this egregious. Given the above, what would you do? My current thinking is to just be patient for a better copy. I've also spent a bit lately on coins for other collections I'm building (I haven't been able to pick up any of my remaining P1's this year), so that would be nice for my budget too. 6 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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