Won this from CNG 112 today....

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by panzerman, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Having a good week!

    Ionia
    EL Hemihekte ND struck circa 625-600BC
    8.5mm. 1.35g. uncertain mint
    Raised swastika
    Incuse square punch
    Rosen 269
    EX: Matthew Curtis Collection 11200265.jpg
     
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  3. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Sorry John, I can't warm-up to a coin like this :(, but I can appreciate its historical importance. Knowing how extensive your gold coin collection is, it found a good home :D. Gold coinage doesn't get much earlier than this does it o_O?
     
  4. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Now that is a neat, and very old, coin. I love it!
     
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  5. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper Supporter

    Yeah, they may not have much in the way of design, but you've still got to appreciate the significance of these coins. I say that's worth a few extra points in its favor at least. After all, you are going back more than 2,600 years to the dawn of coinage here.

    I guess we'll agree to disagree, but I find the coin beautiful for it's simplicity and historical value. I'd rather own one of those than any medieval gold coin any day.
     
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  6. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    This has to be your earliest piece in your VAST collection.
    Congratulations!!
     
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  7. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Could care less what the design is, I look at the history of it and that’s a very old winner. Great addition.
     
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  8. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Wow, that is a spectacular example! Mine has a bit more wear :shy: but it is a full hekte (2.53g):

    Screen Shot 2019-09-11 at 10.56.01 PM.jpg

    I do have this fourrée version of the hemihekte:
    Screen Shot 2019-09-11 at 10.57.33 PM.jpg
    Along with the first coins came the first counterfeits... of course!! :rolleyes:
     
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  9. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Minted just after the Big-Bang !
    Fascinating !

    Q
     
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  10. lrbguy

    lrbguy Supporter! Supporter

    I don't know about the Big-Bang, but certainly the first big bang-out!!

    I like the early electrum pieces too.
     
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  11. Pishpash

    Pishpash Mater dracones - spero Supporter

    They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think it is stunning on every level.:happy:
     
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  12. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    I am a very diverse collector, I have stuff even from 21st Century. But, today most coins are for my taste are "ugly".
    some Countries like the UK/ Russia still make nice material.
    I really love the coinage from 1500-1750. Here is a beautifull "medieval" coin, hopefully Sallent will change his mind... IMG_1026.JPG IMG_1027.JPG
     
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  13. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    John, That Ecu d' Or is a jewel :jawdrop:! French & English Gothic gold coins are some of the most beautiful coins ever made. There is nothing dark aesthetically about coins minted during the "Dark Ages". I've got one Ecu d' Or in my collection pictured below.
    IMG_1031 (2).jpg IMG_1034 (2).jpg
     
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  14. Alegandron

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

    Well done, John. I really like the coin. That is a good luck symbol.
     
  15. Okidoki

    Okidoki Well-Known Member

  16. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    I love those french medieval coins.
    Here's my Charles VII ecu d'or

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    Charles VII (1422-1461) - Ecu d'or 3° emission de 1424, atelier de Toulouse (annelet sous la cinquieme lettre)
    Croisette sur etoile initiale, KAROLVS : DEI : GRATIA : FRANCORVM : REX, Ecu de France couronné
    + XPC : VINCIT : XPC : REGNAT : XPC : IMPERAT, croix arquée, evidée et fleudelisée, cantonnée de quatre coronelles
    3.76 gr, 28 mm
    Ref : Ciani # 617

    Q
     
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  17. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Good 'Ol Gallienus

    Great coin and certainly very historical. Congrats on the win @panzerman !
     
  18. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Q, This is a great example of a later issue when they started to reduce the weight of these coins ;). I think the earlier issues were around 4.00 gm.
     
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  19. I_v_a_n

    I_v_a_n Well-Known Member

    This year I have got a franc a cheval, but have to sold fouree hekte with swastika :)))

    Franc a cheval_1_averce.jpg
    Franc a cheval_1_reverce.jpg
     
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