Can someone identify this for me?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Chileman, May 17, 2019.

  1. Chileman

    Chileman New Member

    I am a bartender and coin collector. I received this from a customer who could not remember where or how he acquired it.

    Can anyone help me identify it? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much. Side-1.jpg side-2.jpg Side-1.jpg side-2.jpg
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  3. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

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  4. Autoturf

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  5. Hookman

    Hookman Well-Known Member

    I was gonna say it reminds me of a Dutch Duit, because of the V, but the mystery is already solved.

    Good work chrsmat71, and it's not even a turtle.
  6. Hookman

    Hookman Well-Known Member

    Value anyone ?? It might be a nice tip !!
  7. Chileman

    Chileman New Member

    Wow! Thank you chrsmat71. Everyone I showed it to will be very excited to learn what it is.
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  8. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    Glad to help, neat coin!
  9. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    I'm curious about the story behind how you acquired the coin. Was it in exchange for a round of drinks? ;)
  10. Chileman

    Chileman New Member

    It was gift from a long-time friend who knows I collect coins and currency from all over the world. Although he gave it to me at my work, it was not in exchange for drinks.
  11. Black Friar

    Black Friar Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. Chileman

    Chileman New Member

    Thanks for info, Black Friar.
  13. Chileman

    Chileman New Member

    BTW Are they made of bronze or copper? Thank you.
  14. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Numismatic jack of all trades & specialist in none Moderator

    Copper, I believe.
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  16. Black Friar

    Black Friar Well-Known Member

    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,
  17. Black Friar

    Black Friar Well-Known Member

    You are certainly welcome Chileman, this is the joy of numismatics.
  18. Chileman

    Chileman New Member seems like an excellent resource. Thanks for letting me know about it.
  19. Black Friar

    Black Friar Well-Known Member

    Pass the work.
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