Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by offa the saxon, Aug 6, 2020.
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..i've got a couple from that neck o de woods..
Gela, Sicily. c5th Century BC. 10mm AE Onkia
Obv: GELAS, bull left; pellet in exergue.
Rev: Head of river-god right; barley grain to left.
Ionia, Phokaia. AR Diobol. Circa 521-478 B.C.
Obverse: Head of a nymph to left, wearing sakkos adorned with a central band and circular earring.
Reverse: Quadripartite incuse square.
Reference: Klein 452. SNG Copenhagen 389-94. SNG Kayhan 522.
Ionia, Kolophon. AR Tetartemorion. Circa 530/25-500 B.C. Persic standard.
Obverse: Archaic head of Apollo left.
Reverse: Incuse square punch.
Reference: Kim & Kroll pp. 84–103; SNG Kayhan 354.
Islands off Troas, Tenedos. AR Hemidrachm. Circa 550-470 B.C.
Obverse: Archaic janiform head of Zeus and Hera.
Reverse: T-E-N-E Labrys; all within linear square within incuse square.
Reference: SNG Copenhagen 506-7 var. (differing legend arrangement).
AR nomos 550-510 BC
AR trias 550-510 BC
There are several differences in specimens of these that probably show a date progression but I am not aware of a work that discusses how to tell the early from the late or of hoard evidence that would help. I would appreciate hearing of these if anyone knows of detailed studies.
This particular coin, while typically crude, features a left-facing owl, and a completely reversed "AOE" (ΑOΕΝΑΙΟΝ). Whoever did the engraving for the reverse forgot a fundamental rule: always engrave into the die the reverse of the positive image in order to have the correct orientation for the struck coin. This is a very rare error.
22.97 mm, 12 h.
OBVERSE: Anchor, A in field
REVERSE: Swastika with two parallel lines in each quadrant
Struck at Apollonia Pontika, circa 500BC
SNG BM 149; Moushmov 3146
ex. Aegean Numismaics
Seltman Group G; Asyut Group IV; HGC 4, 1590.
This an Obol with the date 1204 in Roman numerals. At the time in Spain,
they were using a calendar system introduced by Augustus Caesar.There is a
38 year difference between the two. The date translates to 1166 A.D. I have
undated Roman coins but none worth the calories to trigger the shutter on
India Gandhara janaprada
AR Bent Bar 11.3g
RARE two dots
- also have on BOTH sides is VERY RARE
CHINA FISH MONEY
China Zhou Dynasty 1046-256 BCE AE Fish Money 67mm 9.5g AB Coole Enc Chinese Coins 6920ff
EX: @Ken Dorney
Iona Kolophon AR Tetartemorion 530-520 BCE Archaic Apollo Incuse Punch 0.15g 4.5mm- SNG Kayhan 343
Ex: @John Anthony
Oldest Scarab (Represents Periods in Egyptian Culture when they had no Coins):
These were worn as necklaces or bracelets as Talismans
Egypt SCARAB Middle Kingdom 2065-1650 BCE Scarabaeus Sphinx
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.
Estimated age of Mammoth Tusks: 55,000-60,000 BCE.
Mammoth Tusk - Russia find China carved Chinese Zodiac BOAR and RABBIT. Estimated age of Mammoth Tusks: 55,000-60,000 BCE.
I've got a couple of these dolphins... My daughter's faves.
dated coin is going to be this Gordian III dated to ANIII
Mysia, Kyzikos. Circa 510-475 BC. AR Obol (0.79 gm, 13mm). Obv.: Forepart of boar l.; behind, tunny. Rev.: Head of lion l. in incuse square
@Alegandron The tusks are 55,000 years old. When were the items carved?
20th Century. The Chinese import the tusks through the Land Port at Manzhouli from Siberia. Then trucked to South China to be hand carved. I bought these west of Guangzhou (Canton).
Mammoth Tusk used to be a non-controlled commodity when I got them in the 90’s. They were considered extinct, and NOT an endangered species like Elephant Tusk. Since then, they are controlled, and you cannot legally buy them. I checked with Customs, they are grandfathered, and I can legally own them.
@Alegandron. Thank you.
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