Got Me a Tiny One

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by gsimonel, Jan 9, 2021.

  1. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    I found this little pipsqueak in a small lot of Greek AR fractions. It's worn and corroded, and I doubt I will be able to identify it, but I'd like to be able to at least classify it correctly. So I have a few questions:
    1) Am I correct that, at around 4.9 mm and 0.19g, this is a tetartemorion and not a hemiobol?
    2) Could it be called a 1/96th stater, or does that imply that it is gold or electrum?
    3) Is it safe to assume that it dates from the late 6th to early 5th century B.C.?

    Here's the photo, (with a nod to Doug Smith by shooting it atop a penny):
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  3. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I would call it a tetartemorion realizing that names like that are risky enough when you can ID the coin and see if that city used litra or obols as a base. I don't wish to be difficult but the best use for this coin might be to spend it the next time you time travel. I just ask that you avoid the urge to pop it in your mouth so you can spit it out at the market to make your purchase. :stop: We have come a long way from the spit and pay days until today with touchless payment systems.

    Nice photo. Did you agonize over which side was up or is this just a case of drop and click? :snaphappy: Thanks for the credit. For those new to the subject, my first one is below.
  4. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    The reverse is incuse, so it was an easy call.
  5. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

  6. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Enrich the soldiers...ignore all others

    Need a magnifying glass to see that one! Pretty cool.
  7. capthank

    capthank Well-Known Member

    Tiny is accurate.
  8. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Supporter! Supporter

    Great, but did you have to use a zincoln??? At least the zinc isn't busting through (yet)!!! :D:joyful::joyful::joyful:;)
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