Whoa, Todd! This could be a real ***numismatic treasure.***
It is a decadrachm (the denomination) from ancient Greece. Compare it to the one in my picture which sold for $28000 in a recent auction. See the full description below.
Your main concern is whether the coin is real or fake. The one in my photo is real, but this is a highly valuable, and therefore highly counterfeited coin.
DO NOT CLEAN YOUR COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.
If you are willing to invest $100 or so into the coin, here is my suggestion. Go to:
and submit your coin for conservation (a fancy term for cleaning done by museum specialists) and authentication (real or fake). If it's real, it could be a $25000 coin, or more.
We have a page with thorough information on these coins. Please read it, here:
Finally, below is the detailed description of the coin in my photo (translated from French by Google):
MDC Monnaies de Collection sarl > Auction 6 Auction date: 29 October 2020
Lot number: 49
Price realized: 24,000 EUR (Approx. 27,985 USD / 21,686 GBP / 25,654 CHF)
ANCIENT GREECE Sicily, Syracuse (425-345 BC.C.). Silver decadrachm of the master engraver Evainète.
Av. Quadriga galloping left driven by an aurige, above, victory flying to the right and crowning the aurige. At the exergue, a breastplate and a shield between two cnemides, an Attic helmet on the right, a spear behind. Rv. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ, Arethusa head on the left, crowned with reed leaves with hair adorned with spikes, surrounded by four dolphins (signature ΕΥΑΙ out of flan).
Dewing 674. SNG YEARS 365. 35 mm. 42.12 g. 8h.
Provenance: auction Schweizerischer Bankverein Zurich n°23 on 20 September 1989 lot n°50. Auction NAC Numismatica Ars Classica Zurich n°5 on February 25, 1992 lot n°75. Auction MDC 3, lot n°51.
Beautiful copy, tiny lack of metal on the canevers, TTB Starting Price: 10000 EUR
I still have not sent it in to NGC because I was reluctant to put it in the mail. It may be fake. It was in my recently deceased dads safe deposit box where it has been for the past 40 years. I've really done nothing further to pursue looking into it. One of these days ill walk into a coin shop in Los Angeles and get their opinion. My gut is since there are so many fakes out there, I imagine mine is fake also. But just in case its real, I was afraid of putting it into the mail to go anywhere since I am clueless on a value to insure it. It could be worth $0 or $25,000 +. Probably best if I walk it into a reputable place. Appreciate all input. Thank you
One thing you could do, in addition to finding a reliable coin dealer, is to ask a jeweler to use an XRF analyzer (non-destructive) to test for silver content. If it is not silver, it is fake.
Reliable coin dealers can be found on this web site:
If it is silver, send it registered mail, insured for $20000. They don't lose that. Cost about $40.
Thank you for all input. I have not attempted to clean it with anything at all. This is the condition it was when it came out of my dad’s safe deposit box after his passing. I believe it has been in there since the 1960’s or 1970’s. I’m going to take it to a reputable coin shop from Paul’s list and have them analyze it for me. When I get home today I will get the measurements for your info monika. Thank you so much again for your expert opinion!!