a circus coin.....

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by panzerman, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    I picked up this little gaffer, while doing weights this morning.
    From Nomos Auction.... cute seal.
    EL Myshemihekte ND struck 625-600BC Phokaia Mint
    6.5mm. 0.53g. .460
    Obverse: Head of Seal/ with Ball in mouth
    Reverse: Quadripartite Incuse Square
    Ionia/ Phokaia
    Ex: Trausnitz Coll.
    Bodenstedt 2.1 Var.
    Rosen 328
    SNG Von Aulock 7774 48b2569bdca0bf1ce3326ce84527df51.jpg
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  3. Roman Collector

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    Looks like a squirrel with a nut in its mouth to me.
    Cool coin, though!
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  4. ancient coin hunter

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  5. pprp

    pprp Well-Known Member

    "with ball in mouth" lol I think the cataloguer was a bit topsy turvy... If you check a bit around there are fractions of phokaia with a clear head of a seal. This one looks more like a lion and is usually catalogued ionian uncertain...a more complete example is this one 1175145.jpg
  6. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    You make a lot of sense, it looks like a lion! I also have a EL 1/24 Stater from Phokaia "Seal Head" acquired from Leu a month ago....what do you think...I hope its a lion now. image00134.jpg
  7. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    I think Roman Collector got it right/ looks like a squirrel/ chipmunk. Back to reality/ another book says its a "steer" head. But, that seems far fetched. Maybe when I get my new book this Jan. on electrum coinage, the question will be answered. Chipmunk-Photo-Mark-Rounds.jpg 51ngVRd2s4L._SX386_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
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