Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by kevin McGonigal, Oct 16, 2019.
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Thanks, it does, but I must admit that all of this Kufic script looks the same to me. I'd joke that it is Greek to me but I did study Greek and can read that. I am not sure I even have the coin right side up. Thanks again.
generally speaking, but of course I have no real help to give with attribution.
I will say that it looks a bit shiny, so perhaps ex- jewelry?
An expert will want to see this in hand to judge whether this is genuine.
That's probably from my LED lamp 12 inches from the coin. I realize that I didn't need as much light as when imaging worn silver or dark bronze.
Sure, I understand that from my dealings with ancients. What I really want to find out is purported age and origin. I like my coins to talk to me but whatever this one has to say I can't fathom what it might be. By the way, this coin has been in medieval portfolio for decades sandwiched between Byzantine coins. I figure they might have a lot to say to each other, but I have spent so much time and effort on my ancients that I just now decided that I have to nail down its time and place in history.
The two 'pincer' signs at the beginning and end of the first horizontal line are a sure sign we are dealing with the obverse of a medieval Islamic coin: it's the text of the Kalima.
You can find the date at 1-3 o'clock in this picture. I think it ends with 100 (mi'at, looking like OIO) and before that is [d or 9 = and] 1, but I may be wrong. The style suggests an Umayyad gold coin, and the date 101 would fit with that, it's 720 AD.
The weight is pretty important, and I think you should need an electronic scale that goes into the .01-s. But 4.3 grams looks o.k.
However, to decide about the style... that's for experts.
Beautiful coin and unfortunately way too much dinero for a dinar in my world! That's why they say the hobby of collecting coins is "The King's Hobby"!
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