Unknown Oriental - identification?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Alex Filip, Aug 8, 2020.

  1. Alex Filip

    Alex Filip New Member

    Dear All,
    first of all apologies for the spam.
    I posted this in 'World Coins' a couple of weeks ago together with another coin, asking for any hints regarding identification.
    While the other one got feedback (and I now believe it to be a forgery), nobody said anything on this one - and I thought perhaps the 'ancient' section might be more lucky.
    Any help/hint is welcome.

    Thank you,
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  3. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    Looks more like a spanish copper coin from 1300-1700 than anything Asian. If Asian, it is Southern Asian, not Oriental in my view.
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  4. fomovore

    fomovore Supporter! Supporter

    Looks like a small denomination Spanish maravedis to me too. I'd say... mid 1500-early 1600?
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  5. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Lesson learned for the day thanks everyone.
  6. Alex Filip

    Alex Filip New Member

    Thank you guys!
    I will search on that basis. Have a good day, and stay safe!
  7. Egry

    Egry Supporter! Supporter

    spanish cob
  8. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity Supporter

    Please elaborate...what is a cob?…Spark
  9. Egry

    Egry Supporter! Supporter

    If is silver it would be a cob, hard to tell from the photo.

    Crude Spanish colonial coins where a bar of silver was typically cut into chunks of correct weight. They were then treated as if they were finished planchets and hammered between crude dies.

    The Spanish "cabo" refers to the end, which was probably a piece of silver clipped off the end of a bar.

    Looks like a crude Spanish colonial coin to me, but I’m no expert.
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  10. dltsrq

    dltsrq Grumpy Old Man

    The inscriptions are Arabic. I'd look at late medieval Syria and Anatolia. How large is it?
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  11. Alex Filip

    Alex Filip New Member

    20-21 mm across at its largest. It's very irregular as you can see. Very thin. Copper i believe. I don't have a fine enough scale, but given the irregularity, i doubt it'd be helpful
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