Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Chileman, May 17, 2019.
Can anyone help me identify it? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much.
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Good work chrsmat71, and it's not even a turtle.
Glad to help, neat coin!
Two "American" mints produced these bronzes for local use. Mexico City, and Santo Domingo during the reign of Charles and Joanna (c.1556) Mexico City was the first mint, Santo Domingo didn't last very long.
The locals hated them and threw them into bogs, water, etc. which is why they are generally "scudzy" to use an Early American Coppers term. They are quite scarce and an excellent example of a local coinage that didn't work. Pradeau's book "Numismatic History of Mexico" goes into some detail about the demise of these coppers. I have four of them; sorry, no pics of such. My bad.
I have a first edition of the book with a presentation inscription to a Mrs Sonya Marillon. In the preface he thanks Howland Wood then at the ANA for the preparation of the plates. Great stuff.
Copper, I believe.
OOPS, I wrote Mr. Wood was with the ANA; he worked at the ANS. I found my first one in a bag of world coins I purchased from a US dealer. It took me awhile to get the skinny on it. I didn't have Pradeau then.
A really great site for identifying old world coins is Rhino a very well done site for very many countries and old world coinage. Check it out, rhinocoins.com.
Pass the work.
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