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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Doug Smith "weighs" in on EL Hekte?

Backtrack to http://www.cointalk.com/t116516/#post936651 and original post about the suspected Elecetrum 1/6th stater.

I wouldn't ordinarily add a new post for someone's comment, but I got a response from Doug Smith , a respected numistmatist (his website is linked left under favorites), on a different website http://www.cointalk.com/t116516/#post936461. He was gracious enough to agree to be quoted, but also humble enough to ask that this disclaimer be posted:
I am an amateur collector ... I recommend that you research your questions rather than accepting blindly anything posted here... [and] apply this same degree of care in using any other source material online or in hard copy. ... No claim is made to serious scholarship. Read the full disclaimer.
On to his comment, which I found quite interesting, at both a numismatic and a psychological level:
I see the lion head right on the top two and left on the bottom two. ... we see what we want to see. ... would have expected electrum to have weathered differently... Unless you[r] specific gravity test is off, it hard[ly] can be anything else but I'd stop short of saying the item is identifiable....
Exactly! Very interesting about "seeing what we want" -- a lion head no matter how you turn the coin! Serious cognitive science commentary required!

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