Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Neal, Dec 20, 2018.
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http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/greece/troas/neandria/t.html, described as "Neandria, Troas. AR obol, 9 mm, 0.79 g. 6th century BC. Corinthian helmet left / Quadripartite incuse square. SNG Turkey 9, 664-665; SNG Kayhan 743 (as uncertain mint); SNG Turkey 1, 743 (ditto)." The helmet on my coin is simpler, but that may have been because the coin was earlier or because the smaller size dictated a simpler design. Or it could be from a completely different city.
0.8 would be too heavy but 0.08 seems impossibly light for the thick albeit small coin shown.
It does look like a helmet of some sort (not Corinthian). It's surely from somewhere in Asia Minor but I don't see anything that makes me think Neandria. Phokaia or uncertain Ionian, perhaps?
Double-check the weight and send pictures to the folks at https://www.asiaminorcoins.com/. They may be able to help you.
I will try to find access to a scale and send info to asiaminorcoins for help.
For $20 you really can't go wrong with one of these:
See this, it appears to be the same type as your coin. It weighs .71 grams.
mage: Fotografie Lübke & Wiedemann, Leonberg
I really appreciate all the time you have put into this!
Now I have to wait until my newly ordered scale comes in, about a week they say.
Go there, type in Neandria, scroll, bam!
Try it. The trick is to pick the right keywords, sometimes you have to try different things.
0.01g is a pretty small weight. If an object weighs, say, 0.015g, it could easily fluctuate between 0.01g and 0.02g. Seems like a pretty bad scale with a 100% difference from one day to the next, but really the difference could be a little as 0.001g or even less. In college I used scales that could measure that small a difference, but there were really expensive. You had to put the object inside a sealed enclosure to get an accurate measurement because a simple breeze could throw it off.
You're probably right about that, but I've been happy with this one - it's marketed as a kitchen scale but seems to be fairly accurate and consistent (the lightest coins I weigh are worn old dimes, which are in the 2.10 - 2.40+ gram range.
https://www.amazon.com/GDEALER-Digital-Kitchen-0-001oz-Stainless/dp/B01E6RE3A0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1545619530&sr=8-3&keywords=gdealer digital pocket kitchen scale 0.001oz/0.01g 500g kitchen
Frankford Arsenal DS-750 Digital Reloading Scale with LCD Display for Reloading
Accurate to 0.01 gm and repeatable.
Yeah, my cheapie from Fry's required a 300 g weight, so I took a glass sample bottle and filled it with table salt until it was 300.000X grams on a balance that weighed to four places past the decimal.
Not a mistake. My scale arrived today. It weighs .08 g, including the dirt that remains in the incuse.
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