Fellow metal detectorist find, gold!!!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by galba68, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. galba68

    galba68 Well-Known Member

    My good friend found a golden byzantine coin today..

    JOHN III, EMPIRE OF NICAEA, 1222-1254, HYPERPYRON, 4.5o gr...

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  3. iamtiberius

    iamtiberius SPQR Supporter

    The red Boscoreale toning is lovely. I think that's supposed to imply that the soil it was buried in was sulfur rich? Lovely coin in any event and awesome find.
     
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  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Wow, he's lucky, congrats to him and thanks for sharing.
     
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  5. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    That is a fantastic find.
     
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  6. Noah Finney

    Noah Finney Morgan Member

    That is neat, Good for him. Cant wait to see you find a another gold coin.
     
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  7. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    Cheerful find. Just like a dream..
     
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  8. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter in hoc signo vinces

    Wonderful find and an attractive coin @galba68 !
     
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  9. Mike Margolis

    Mike Margolis Well-Known Member

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  11. Caesar_Augustus

    Caesar_Augustus Well-Known Member

    Very excellent find!
     
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  12. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Amazing find!

    Sadly, I live in Canada....

    Best thing i ever found was a 1900-H Large Cent.:( My Dad, once found some Roman copper coins when he was digging a foundation for a tool shed. But that was in Julich which had a long history of coinage dating back to the Romans.
     
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  13. galba68

    galba68 Well-Known Member

    when he saw what he found, he was staring at the coin, in total shock, for a few minutes..his first golden coin!!!
     
  14. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    At the time of the coin's minting there was not much left of the Byzantine Empire and the purity of the metal, originally 24 carats, had been tampered with by the time so the bezant or solidus was no longer the international coin it once was. As such it would be instructive to know where it was found as evidence of its circulation area by the 13th century. Can you tell us where it was located?
     
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  16. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Where did he find it, meaning what country?
     
  17. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    Yes, I was wondering how far that coin might have circulated from Nicaea. If at some distance, the bezant might have still been important in Mediterranean trade or, if in Western Europe, brought there by a returning Crusader but if close to the city, these coins, because of recent debasing and lightening, may no longer have had more than regional currency. That is one reason why where a coin was unearthed, its milieu, is important to archaeologists and historians as well as numismatists.
     
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