#1 Hintha H2B - original or copy? by white elefant 14.09.2010 21:30

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Fresh from Rangoon:
1 viss Hintha, H2B
multiple tuft (3)
Base: octagonal
mouth appendage: trefoil
Verification mark: depression on the front of the base
Weight in g: unknown


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Nice green patina but no scratches on the bottom of the base.
Any comments are most appreciated.

Michael
#2 Re: Hintha H2B - original or copy? by hartmutmollat 16.09.2010 22:54

This is a nice copy!

I remind you that any standard form of the Burmese "opium" weights has a distinct design. It is helpful to compare the copy with an original weight to expose the discrepancies from the original design. The images present my well preserved genuine 20 Tk H2B Hintha. 292,7 g, 53 mm high. 20 Tk – up to now I have never seen an original 50 or 100 Tk weight of this form.


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The differences are striking:
The dimensions of the fake are not harmonic. The wing is very monstrous. It should be concave instead of convex.
The tuft has a very unusual form.
The head should have ornamental notches on top, the wings those in front.
The tail of H2-Hinthas is always fully cast. A recess starts only with H1C, the Hinthas 3 and the Karaweiks.

Unfortunately the mass is unknown.
Normally the H2B forms have the gha gyi mark on the right front of the base. But sometimes the front depression can be observed, there is a „feed“, and the base might be circular. Considering the wrong tail the faker apparently did not have an original model of 1 Vis.

Michael, your reasonable doubt is confirmed!

hartmutmollat
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