Byzantine anonymous bronze imitated in a different script

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  1. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    Okay, I give up. I have most of the usual Byzantine coin books and the entire web at my disposal, but in four years and I have not found anything like this coin. It is an imitation of a Byzantine anonymous bronze, but with very usual "lettering" on the reverse.

    28-27 mm. 7.58 grams.
    Base metal, less coppery than most Byzantine "anonymous bronze."

    The obverse could be Class A2 or Class E. The key difference is that class A2 has a four-line reverse legend and Class E has a three-line reverse legend. This one has three lines, but E is much scarcer than A2 so A2 is more likely to have been copied. Maybe it is just an approximation of A2 by someone who was not going to do the legend correctly anyway.

    With imagination I can see a few letters (at least "E", maybe "SILE") that might be part of "BASILE" in the middle line. I spent years thinking some of the letters looked like those on Armenian coins (which I can't read) and wondering if it could be an Armenian imitation. Then I wondered if the letters could be Georgian (from the Caucasus, not the one north of Florida).

    Has anyone seen anything published that is remotely like it? I am accepting advice about where to look next.

    If you have any odd Byzantine-like coins, feel free to post them.
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  3. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    Could it be an overstrike on a contemporary imitation??
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  4. Caesar_Augustus

    Caesar_Augustus Well-Known Member

    That is very interesting! Lucky you for being able to hold it and study it in depth, @Valentinian! :)

    It really looks like a contemporary imitation. Maybe Armenian? For some reason the text almost seems like Armenian script. Maybe it's just gibberish? I think we can definitely rule out Roman government though.
  5. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    @Valentinian: I'm wondering if you made any progress on this very interesting coin!
  6. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    No, I'm sorry to say.
  7. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Bummer. :( Be sure to let us know when you do!
  8. Pavlos

    Pavlos You pick out the big men. I'll make them brave!

    You could check Georgian? Jesus Christ is in Georgian 4 - 6 letters (ieso krist’e,
    იესო ქრისტე). I see an "E" for sure at the end of the second line. I could be totally wrong but a suggestion.
  9. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    I don't know how to do that. My OP mentioned that possibility, but I didn't know how then and I still don't know.
  10. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    Early copy by Seljuk Turks?
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  11. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    I'm stumped.
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  12. Bert Gedin

    Bert Gedin Well-Known Member

    Valentinian. An intriguing query about that ancient coin depicted. Not easy to make out the details, though it does look like a halo around the figure. If a Christian coin, it could certainly be Byzantine, or perhaps Armenian etc. I think the only Byzantine Coin book I have is "Encounters - Travel and Money in the Byzantine World." By
    E. Georganteli & B. Cook. A small book, with lots of illustrations of Byz. Coins. One possible tactic - look up, on internet, Byzantine Coin Collection, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham. They have quite a vast collection of Byzantine coins, you could send pictures of your "odd" coin and ask if they have any ideas. I can't seem to find their leaflet, just now, but the internet should give contact details. Other than Byzantine, they also have Roman, Sasanian, Turkmen and Armenian coins. Do give it a try, it is one place where expertise exists !
  13. harley bissell

    harley bissell Well-Known Member

    Just a big stretch but you could take the text from the most similar byzantine coin and use google languages to translate it into the languages that you suspect. In this case Armenian and Georgian. Once you do that compare what you are shown with what you have. A previous poster gave you the Georgian for Jesus Christ. Suggest you look up the same in Armenian for comparison. good luck
  14. arnoldoe

    arnoldoe Well-Known Member

    I found this one it looks fairly similar and was sold as an imitation with a barbarized inscription.
  15. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    Yes, that one is similar. Can you give us a URL for it? I'd like to see more about it.
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