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  1. tommyc03

    tommyc03 Senior Member

    My buddy Ole went metal detecting a couple of days ago and found this. It tests as gold. Would anyone have a clue as to wether coin, medallion or ??? Appreciate the help. Thanks. 1 ole gold.jpg 1 ole gold 2.jpg
     
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  3. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Very interesting,my guess is possibly aztec don't think its a coin.What kind of a gold test?really don't know if it was made a long time ago or a modern 5 year olds project:wacky::wacky:.
     
  4. tommyc03

    tommyc03 Senior Member

    He was not specific but said it tested between 14K & 18 K. I think he's a novice at testing and maybe has a test kit. It was found in a local park in Great Barrington, Ma. He has recovered some very old stuff in this park though. A French military button, Indian Head cents, etc. This area around certainly has it's history. George Washington encamped only 5 or so miles from me in New Marlborough at one point. (Not to be confused with "Marlboro", Ma. )
     
  5. tommyc03

    tommyc03 Senior Member

    To me, this looks to possibly be an owl. And perhaps was pressed into a piece of warm/hot gold. The fitting is very crude to say the least.
     
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  6. J.T. Parker

    J.T. Parker Well-Known Member

    Hi Tommy,
    You might get better answers if you take another pic of the entire object along side a measuring device.
    Whatever it is, t'was a really nice detector find.
    J.T.
     
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  7. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Tommy, try reposting on the Ancients Forum. Someone over there might know.
     
  8. tommyc03

    tommyc03 Senior Member

    This was all he posted on FB. I'll see what I can do and thanks.
     
  9. tommyc03

    tommyc03 Senior Member

    I'm a little hesitant to post the same item twice, I know people get a bit miffed when this happens. I'm not certain it's a coin though, being only one sided. If the mods think this might be better, then by all means please do this. @lordmarcovan
     
  10. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Supporter! Supporter

    Repost it in Ancients. No harm, no foul
     
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  11. GUNNER63736

    GUNNER63736 Well-Known Member

    Piece of junk. Just send it to me and I will get rid of it for you. LOL> LOL> LOL> Nice find.
     
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  12. David Betts

    David Betts Elle Mae Clampett cruising with Dad

    Kind of looks like some gold thunderbirds I got in the 70's from Columbia Like Aztec/Thunderbirds fairly crude? I'll post some when I find them some had emeralds encrusted
     
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  13. Matthew Kruse

    Matthew Kruse Young Numismatist

    Obverse reminds me of one of those ancient gods with multiple arms. (I think I see six?) I'd start by looking up "goddess with 6 arms" and go from there.

    Others have said it doesn't look like a coin, although the clasp looks to be attached after the coin was minted. Better pictures would be helpful.

    No matter what though, certainly a nice, valuable find.
     
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  14. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    It sort of resembles designs I’ve seen on some Indian gold pagodas, but I don’t know enough about any of that to be helpful.
     
  15. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I get it but you don’t do it all the time so I wouldn’t hesitate to do so.
     
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  16. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    Looks plated to me. The black areas on the high points of the design would not occur on a solid piece of gold....
     
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  17. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    Mothman? :nailbiting:
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  18. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    Could be, but I suffer the same problem you have of not knowing enough. Before I even read your post my first thought was maybe it's an Indian temple token.
     
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  19. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    I'd say jewelry piece made to resemble a indian temple token. I'd say it is NOT a coin, and I would suspect only plated or a low fineness gold.
     
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  20. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    “Temple token” (or jewelry charm in imitation of one) sounds plausible to me. I don’t think a pagoda coin would be uniface like that?
     
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  21. VistaCruiser69

    VistaCruiser69 Well-Known Member

    When did gold start to be mixed with other alloys? If it's 14K & 18K then that would mean it's not pure gold, yes? From what I know, pure gold is 24K. So if this piece is 14K & 18K, it would mean then that it was created sometime after the start of other alloys being mixed in with the gold.
     
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