Opinions on this Greek Quarter Drachm?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Harry G, Dec 8, 2021.

  1. Harry G

    Harry G Well-Known Member

    Hi all!

    This coin arrived in the post today. It appears to be a Greek quarter drachm from Thrace, Istrus, with the obverse struck quite off-centre

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    The edge:
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    Sorry about the pictures, I'm having trouble photographing such a small coin.

    It is 11mm in diameter and weighs 1.20g

    What concerns me most about it is the "I" between the eagle and dolphin, as I can't find any other ones with that. Apart from that, though, I don't see anything wrong with it

    It came in a lot off eBay (which I know is not the best place to buy ancient Greek coins that I know nothing about), but I got it for quite cheaply (£7), and it came with 3 nice condition LRBs, which I can probably make my money back on (or more), making this coin effectively free.

    I know nothing about these, or how to tell if it's genuine or fake. Does anyone have any ideas?

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  3. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member

    There are several denomination and field letters not to mentuion barbarous coins in this group. I have not studied the possibilities. I ahve a 0.3g with a T:

    a 0.8g with a monogram

    a 3.7g plated piece with A:

    and a 1.1g obviously barbarous copy with II:

    I do not say coins are genuine from photos but I see no 'red flags' here. On these, I suspect anything is possible. That would have to include modern fakes but yours strikes me as believable.

    I have no idea of the meaning of the field/exergual letters. Magistrates???
  4. Ryro

    Ryro Trying to remove supporter status Supporter

    Fun little coin. I see nothing concerning.
    Though I do fear for anyone walking below that eagle. That "I" looks more like a "#2" to me;)
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  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    AR Drachm
    OBVERSE: Facing male heads, the left inverted (Polydeuces Castor and Pollucs (AKA Dioskuri)
    REVERSE: Sea-eagle left, grasping dolphin with talons; ISTRIH above, Q between wing and tail, K beneath dolphin
    Struck at Istros, 400-300BC
    5.3g, 19mm
    AMNG 434
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  6. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    Theta? Θ?
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    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

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  8. dltsrq

    dltsrq Grumpy Old Man

    A pair of ospreys roost atop a tall antenna mast near my home. Not only is the numeral 2 sometimes an issue but on occasion, fish fall from the sky!
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  9. romismatist

    romismatist Well-Known Member

    I don't see anything wrong with the coin from the pictures either. I have come across fakes of these before, but they are of a very different style than the OP coin or the genuine specimens posted here.
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  10. Alegandron

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

    Mine looks like a corrupted Kappa

    Moesia Istros AR Drachm 19mm 5.9g 4th C BCE Facing male hds inverted - Sea Eagle dolphin K Rausch 19 17
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