Newbie in need of ancient IDs

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Strizzle, Jun 12, 2021.

  1. Strizzle

    Strizzle New Member

    Hello all. I'm new to the hobby and recently came into a collection. I was hoping some kind folks might be able to help me ID some of these ancients that aren't labeled, or I couldn't find yet online?

    Many thanks in advance! :)

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    Unknown Ancient #2
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    Unknown Ancients (3) #3
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    Unknown Ancients (3) #4
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    Unknown Ancient #5
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  3. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    For best help, you need to include individual pictures, full size.
     
  4. Strizzle

    Strizzle New Member

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  5. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    It works, but many old-timers on here don't like to follow links. I'm not so good, you want the best help you can get.
     
  6. Strizzle

    Strizzle New Member

    Modified my original message above to include the pictures in the post. :)
     
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  7. thomas mozzillo

    thomas mozzillo Supporter! Supporter

    IMO you may get more replies if you made a new post every day or two, limiting each post to 1 or 2 coins at a time. I don't collect ancients so other than the advice about posting, I can't help you. :(
     
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  8. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Most people here don't like doing mass IDs, especially if you've made zero effort on your part to start with.

    That being said, I'm feeling generous.

    1,2. Tiberius
    3. Greek
    4. Constantine I AE Follis. Soli Invicto Comiti.
    5. Greek, possibly counterfeit.
    6, 7, 8. Greek, tough to tell with those pics.
    9. Possible Hadrian, but the blue gunk on the face makes it hard to tell.
     
  9. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    The Constantine I is either
    RIC VII Ticinium 43 OR 45. Tough to tell the mintmark.
     
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  10. Strizzle

    Strizzle New Member

    I appreciate it. To be fair, as I mentioned these are the ones I couldn't find. I have been ID'ing and cataloging this collection for over a month and am a few hundred coins in already.

    Thank you for the help!
     
  11. Strizzle

    Strizzle New Member

    A lot of these coins were in very old plastic containers sitting on a foam pad, I think from the 50s or 60s and they dissolved into the foam. Those sides are pretty nasty from that stuff. I've taken them out but I'm not sure what, if anything, I should do to them. For now I'm just moving everything into flip cards and labeling everything.
     
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  12. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    For Coin #9, please toss it into hardware store acetone. (NOT nail polish remover).

    Acetone will NOT harm the metal in any way, and will easily dissolve away any organic materials, including PVC and other gunk from old-school plastic holders. Please leave the coin in a shotglass of acetone overnight (cover it up with a metal or porcelain lid).

    This will remove the gunk. This coin could be pretty nice, it's just hard to tell what it is with that blue stuff.

    That acetone will be really useful for any coins in that collection if they:
    1. Feel sticky at all
    2. Have strange colors
    3. Have visible adhesive or gunk

    Please post the coin when youre done with the acetone soak!
     
  13. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I think that #7 might be a small Greek from Abydos.
     
  14. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Also, what does the rest of the display for the Tiberius (#1,2) coins look like? Tiberius denarii are relatively expensive and very often faked. The display may help us figure out if its fake or not.

    The #5 (greek) silver is very likely fake, which means that that there is the possibility that others in the collection might be counterfeit.
     
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  15. romismatist

    romismatist Well-Known Member

    #5 is likely a denarius of Hadrian, but as @hotwheelsearl mentioned, the acetone would clean up the obverse to identify with certainty. It doesn't necessarily look fake to me.

    I would agree that #1,2 are tribute pennies of Tiberius. They are relatively common but expensive in good grade and sought after by collectors, as they are commonly known as the tribute penny from the bible. If they're from the 50s and 60s, they may not be fake. They look ok to me, but would need to see better resolution pics.

    #3, the center coin is a follis of Constantine 1. The greek silver coin on the right is from Rhodes. Not sure about the bronze on the left.
     
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  17. hotwheelsearl

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  18. romismatist

    romismatist Well-Known Member

    I think it could be legit, but better pictures may help ;)
     
  19. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    I hope they are all real...
     
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  20. Strizzle

    Strizzle New Member

    I'll get better pictures uploaded tomorrow. Thank you all so much!!!
     
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  21. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    Your Constantine looks fine. It is one of these. I can’t tell the mint mark, but it’s Ticinum because the scarce variant cross in the left reverse field was struck only at Ticinum.

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