questionswhere do i go to see if the stamp on something is…

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google is your friend. Google "Ahenny 750 ad".

By what I spent 2 minutes reading, I'm just going to guess that there's a ton of items that look old, but are actually fairly recent with that mark...

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Why would someone in 750 AD making a piece of jewelry or art stamp it with the date? They'd have no way to know it would last centuries and become more valuable with age. Why would someone in modern times deface an antique by stamping it with a date?

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From Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.d. :

"This calendar era is based on the traditionally reckoned year of the conception or birth of Jesus of Nazareth, with AD counting years from the start of this epoch, and BC denoting years before the start of the era. There is no year zero in this scheme, so the year AD 1 immediately follows the year 1 BC. This dating system was devised in 525, but was not widely used until after 800."

It's a lot more complicated than that, so read the article, but the basic point is that your piece wasn't made in 750 AD.

You really should take it to someplace where it can be looked at, rather than asking a bunch of total strangers on a website.

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AHenny is not the person who made it. it's a Celtic high cross in ireland. http://highcrosses.org/ahenny/index.htm take a look. What you have is a a piece like the one on ebay.

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ugh, my brain is fried. Ahenny is a county in ireland the cross OP has is a copy of one of the two high crosses in Ahenny County Ireland.

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@magic cave: I was actually thinking about that when I wrote my post. Would someone living in 720ad have known we would be calling it 720ad? I've always liked Albert Einstein's quote about time, "The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."

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@nmchapma: Oh, golly! Look! It's the same picture as shown on Wiki! That must prove the OP's is the real on, right?

As they say in some Northern city: youse is a good digger-upper!

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@moondrake: LOL! It would be really confusing if we got it all at once, wouldn't it?