Oldest coin in your collection

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by tibor, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    Show me and the forum your oldest coin with a date
    and without a date. If your coin has an Islamic date
    on it explain the dates location and year it was made.
    All world calendar systems are welcome. Those without
    dates, a date range would be appreciated. I can't wait
    to see what you have!!
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  3. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    You first! :watching:
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  4. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Just kidding... This is the oldest coin in my collection
  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Oldest Without a Date that I can confidently ID:
    Apulia, Arpi
    Circa 275-250 BC
    AE 21mm
    Obverse: ΠOYΛΛI beneath bull charging right
    Reverse: Horse galloping right
    Bull and Horse.jpg

    Oldest coin with a date:
    1695 Great Britain Crown, William III
    Obverse: Laureate and draped bust of King William III right, GVLIELMVS · III · DEI · GRA · (William III By the Grace of God)
    Reverse: Crowned cruciform shields around central Nassau lion, divided date above, legend around. MAG BR·FRA· ET·HIB· REX·16 96· (King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland)
    1695 Great Britain Crown.jpg
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  6. mikkomakk

    mikkomakk Member

    Denarius from 208-235 AD
    Emperor Severus Alexander, assassinated at the young age of 27

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  7. Inspector43

    Inspector43 70 Year Collector

  8. wkferry

    wkferry New Member

    Lydia trite - about 600 BC - supposedly the 1st coin made; by Alyattes (sp?) the father of Croesus

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  9. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    My Oldest Western Coin (now)
    Iona Kolophon AR Tetartemorion 530-520 BCE Archaic Apollo Incuse Punch 0.15g 4.5mm- SNG Kayhan 343
    Ex: @John Anthony

    Oldest Scarab:
    Egypt SCARAB Middle Kingdom 2065-1650 BCE Scarabaeus Sphinx
    These were used as good luck and worn as necklaces. Many were talismans to protect from evil. They were worn in everyday life.

    Oldest Seal:
    Akkadian 2350-2200 BCE Cylinder Seal Buff stone scene hero wresting antelope winged lion Ex J Tabot with SCENE

    Oldest Relic Material:
    These are figurines carved from Russian Mammoth Tusks imported into and carved in China into Chinese Zodiac Figurines: I am Year of the Boar, my Wife is Year of the Rabbit...
    At the time, it was perfectly legal to own and transport Mammoth Tusk, as it was NOT an endangered species, rather it was Extinct. However, I understand NOW you cannot purchase nor transport them into the US. These are grandfathered.
    I purchased these on one of my trips to China.
    Mammoth Tusk - Russia find China carved Chinese Zodiac BOAR and RABBIT. Estimated age of Mammoth Tusks: 55,000-60,000 BCE.

    India Gandhara janaprada
    AR Bent Bar 11.3g
    650-600 BCE
    RARE two dots
    - also have on BOTH sides is VERY RARE


    China Zhou Dynasty 1046-256 BCE AE Fish Money 67mm 9.5g AB Coole Enc Chinese Coins 6920ff
    EX: @Ken Dorney
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  10. Chris B

    Chris B Supporter! Supporter

    Oldest Dated
    German States - Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel 1/4 Thaler

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  11. ewomack

    ewomack Senior Member Supporter

    Oldest without a date: I'm not completely sure, but I think that this Roman Republic Clodius Turrinus qualifies as my oldest coin (maybe around 40 B.C.)? I posted it in the ancients forum a while ago.

    Oldest with a date: this Edward VI Shilling has a Roman Numerals date on it reading "MDXLIX" or 1549. The date appears on the reverse from about 9:00 to 12:00.
  12. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    I have an indian head cent. Also the cent V nickel.
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  13. coin_nut

    coin_nut Supporter! Supporter

    Here are some of the oldest ones I have now. 400-344 BC Greek AR hemidrachm - ex BCD collection, a Chinese "ant nose" money from the Warring States Period, about 475-221 BC. And the oldest dated coin, other than Arabic and Indian coins, is this 1519 Hungarian denar. 400-344 BC GR 1-2 d obv.JPG 400-344 BC GR 1-2 d rev.JPG 600-300 BC CH ant nose obv.JPG 600-300 BC CH ant nose rev.JPG 1519 HU 1 d obv.JPG 1519 HU 1 d rev.JPG
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  14. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    These are some amazing posts! I've never seen half of them till
    now. The Chinese "Ant Nose" and "Fish" pieces are really interesting.
    The Edward VI schilling is on my want list. Trying to find the first
    dated coins from a few countries. I don't have any pics of my ancients
    but my oldest dated coin is dated 1204 ES. While Spain was trying to
    drive out the Muslim community from the country, Alfonso VIII
    celebrated his accomplishment in this regard by minting an Obol from
    the town of Toledo. At the time Spain was still using a calendar system
    introduced by Augustus Caesar 38 B.C. The A.D. date 1204-toledo-obol.jpg would actually be
    1166 A.D.
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  15. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    My oldest coin the good old Owl:

    Athens Classical Owl Tetradrachm
    Silver, 23 mm, 17.18 gm, struck around BC 430

  16. coin_nut

    coin_nut Supporter! Supporter

    That's one of the nicest owl Tets I have ever seen.
  17. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    That Owl is amazing!! Just as amazing is the craftsmanship
    that produced it. Thanks for sharing!!
  18. Chip Kirkpatrick

    Chip Kirkpatrick Well-Known Member

    3A1697F1-13C6-4464-A48E-2D14F8D7D1AB.jpeg D31CE462-03B6-4648-BB68-D335C6704A78.jpeg A53FE3E1-A4D1-43AD-8FDF-80D7C8B2DA37.jpeg 34150FEA-67B5-4040-9F15-4F0B6741F817.jpeg 79AA4E53-7613-4B5E-A915-F0999E4DD517.jpeg 0F70C834-F921-4EB7-AD04-6DE989468734.jpeg CFB301B5-78CB-47E0-80B5-FD9DE1A2E1EC.jpeg ACE835F0-7FB5-4D8D-9773-2E248BF439BA.jpeg 1718 2 Reale. Found metal detecting in a lot in downtown Fernandina Beach Florida. Site had once had a restaurant, recently razed and before that a house. Across the street from the harbor.
    Spent 6 days cleaning out the lot. Harvested horseshoes, both Union and Confederate Minie balls, a pistol, several Indian Heads (oldest 1864} plus wheat pennies. Barber quarters 1898-1902, Barber dimes 1895-1900, 1865 Seated dime, 1853 and 1860 Half dimes.

    A week later I drove by and saw a 50 foot section of sidewalk had been torn up. Recovered another Minie ball and the Reale. Great site.
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  19. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    Those are some nice finds. Our Moderator Lord M will enjoy them
    as well. How fortunate that the hole in the Reale did not pierce
    the date.
  20. 1934 Wreath Crown

    1934 Wreath Crown Well-Known Member

    I guess the oldest would have to be my Lesbos Mytilene El Hecte (sixth of a stater) circa 521-478 BC but my two favourites are the Attica Tet. 440-404BC with almost full crested helmet and earrings:

    Attica Athens Obv 1.jpg

    Attica Athens Rev.jpg

    And of course my highest graded Phonecian Byblus Azbaal Shekel 400-340BC. I have not seen a higher grade in recent auctions:

    Phoenicia Byblus Ozbal Shekel Obv.jpg

    Phoenicia Byblus Ozbal Shekel Rev.jpg

    Oldest dated would most likely be my Saladin 1184 (crusade times) dinar struck in Cairo:

    Saladin 1184 Cairo.jpg
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  21. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    I've never seen that type of Shekel. It has a hammered strike. Where on the gold dinar is the date?
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