ID Help Griechen?

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  1. paschka

    paschka Well-Known Member

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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Well, the incuse design seen in the first photo indicates an Archaic era piece. If it's real. Something about the roundness of the flan and the softness of the lettering give me a vague sense that it might not be right. Check for a casting seam around the edge.

    That being said- I do not know. It could indeed be an Archaic Greek coin, for all I know.
     
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  4. paschka

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    And from the front side it is impossible to understand whether it is a fake or not? If this is the original, is it archaic Ionia?
     
  5. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    DDAXMP? Maybe I'm misreading the legend, but it looks modern to me.
    Look at the perspective of the arm. I don't know of any archaic coins with such a sophisticated design.
     
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  6. paschka

    paschka Well-Known Member

    is there such an original coin or is it a fantasy?
     
  7. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    I know of no original. I think it's a fantasy.
     
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  8. Roman Collector

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    It's a fantasy. It reads ΔΡΑΧΜΑ, and the ancient Greeks didn't write out the denomination in this way.
     
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  9. paschka

    paschka Well-Known Member

    you seem to be right. I have not found such a similar coin. And spell it out too. A hand with a bundle of arrows looks like a Roman denar or US $ 1
     
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  10. Kavax

    Kavax Active Member

    It is a fantasy coin.
    Drachma is used both as a weight and coin. It comes from δραχμή "as much as one can hold in the hand"
    a drachma is worth six obols
    Your coin is a modern literal representation of a drachm = a handful of six spits (obeloi)
     
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