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Dubious Attribution

Dubious Attribution.  A hypothetical or conjectural assumption about an unknown numismatic item. It is a trial or working attribution, generally based on stylistic knowledge of similar pieces. If a search among numismatic literature identifies the piece as to period, place and possible maker, then the attribution is no longer dubious.  See attribution. Compare conjectural description.

excerpted with permission from

An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology

For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators

COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY D. WAYNE JOHNSON

Roger W. Burdette, Editor


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