Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Inspector43, Feb 14, 2020.
@thomas mozzillo for pushing me in the right direction. Thanks in advance for any help.
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@lordmarcovan; @Bing; @furryfrog02; @johnmilton; @Roman Collector; @Collect89; et al.
My apologies to those I didn't mention as there's so many of you.
I hope you don't mind serving as a reference.
If you don't mind I'll add you to the list the next time I reference Ancient coin experts.
The OP's photo looks familiar but I don't collect Ancients and I know you guys are really knowledgeable and can identify a coin from the tiniest details.
not deserving to be listed with the experts on ancients- not even remotely.
I will say, however, that whatever that is looks mighty round to be ancient. How thick is it? Can we see a side-on view of the edge?
While it could be ancient, it could also be a machine made (milled) coin only a few centuries old. Certainly it's old. I'm just not sure it's ancient.
@thomas mozzillo for the compliment. That looks like a horse prancing or advancing right, but I can't make out the other side. It may be too far gone to make a positive ID.
could be a bronze drachm from 1st-2nd century A.D. Alexandria. It think it's too worn to discern anything else about it, though. There just isn't enough detail left, and cleaning is unlikely to uncover much, although it this point it can't hurt it.
@Bing sees - possibly a horse on one side. No idea what the other side is.
It weighs 13.24 and is 29 mm X 2.8 mm. I will dig it out and send an edge on. Thanks to all for assistance.
Alexandrian and other coins have distinctive edge shapes.
And looking at that edge, it doesn't look like an Alexandrian drachm.
I agree that the hindquarters look like a horse in stride, but the head doesn't look equine. Maybe lion?
And in the other side, if you rotate so that 9 o'clock is at 12 o'clock, it too looks like a horse middle/rear.
I've had sessions like this over a few coins I've dug while detecting. I once tentatively identified a French colonial copper I found on a Rev War-era site based on only the faintest whisper of a head in profile.
It's fun and frustrating at the same time, if you know what i mean.
Yeah, I've been looking at that coin off and on all day. I know what I see, but am thinking it's just the "inkblot". I see a horse advancing right on the one side and a youth/woman next to a bull on the other. I've turned the coin several times, but always come back to that inkblot I see. Frustrating is not the word I've used all day long.
Any idea where I should go from here? Does anyone think it is an actual ancient? Should I try cleaning it? Should I drop it in a coin star and let someone else think about it? And, thanks for all the help.
8-maravedis coins from the early 19th century. They range around 28-30 mm but are a bit lighter- mostly around 10g or so. I think they're also not quite so thick.
So that's not it, but I do still find myself thinking more in terms of an 18th or 19th century European milled copper coin rather than an ancient bronze.
But that could of course be totally wrong.
Carthage AE Trishekel Tanit Horse 220-215 BCE 2nd Punic War 30mm 17.6g Lot 35
Carthage AE Trishekel Tanit Horse 220-215 BCE 2nd Punic War 30mm 19.7g Lot 36
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