Seeking Help with Greek AE10

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  1. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    I haven't been able to ID this tiny (10mm, 1.2g) Greek bronze, mainly because I can't figure out what it depicted on the reverse. Is it a tunny fish? A flying sow? I dunno. I'm not even sure which way to orient it, so I'll post two photos, one with the reverse rotated 90 degrees.
    Unknown10.jpg

    Unknown10a.jpg
    Any guesses?
     
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  3. LaCointessa

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    Last edited: Jan 17, 2021
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  4. gsimonel

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    There is something below (or above, depending on the orientation) the blob. It could be an off-centered grain within a wreath. I'll start looking in that direction. Thanks for the suggestions.

    Was that photo part of a thread? I can't seem to find any discussion associated with it.
     
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  6. shanxi

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    A bird, eagle standing left, letters, Apollo obverse ??????????????

    There are similar examples from several cities, but a search in acsearch brought no perfect match.

    Unknown10a (1).jpg

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  7. gsimonel

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    Actually, I was thinking maybe a sea eagle carrying a fish in its claws. Something along these lines:

    https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=2841401

    But I don't know of any examples as small as my coin. But I hadn't thought of Apollo for the obverse. I'll poke around in that direction for a bit. Thanks for the suggestion.
     
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  8. shanxi

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  9. Theodosius

    Theodosius Fine Style Seeker Supporter

    Bottom of the second image looks like a rabbit being carried by an eagle.

    Rabbit's head and ears on the right side. Rabbit is right side up unlike many coins.

    Like this but smaller, one eagle, rabbit right side up.

    https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=1466806

    Many small coins are not in acsearch unless they are in outstanding condition because people don't auction them individually due to their low price.

    John
     
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  10. gsimonel

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    I'd thought of a eagle and rabbit, too, but the coin came in a lot that contains mostly coins from Thrace, Ionia and Troas. So the swan, from Leukai in Ionia, is more likely. I checked ACSearch and found another one like the one shanxi linked to:

    https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=4739388

    Size and weight seems pretty close, too. I think you might have nailed it, shanxi. Thank you to everyone who wrote with suggestions.
     
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