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 Posted 06/21/2009  12:14 am Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add MobtownBuzi to your friends list Get a Link to this Message



I have no clue where this coin is from. I'm not knowledgeable in Greek/Roman/Byzantine coins. I know the coin says "Basileus"..but that's all I know. Plus, the coin could be counterfeit..I have no clue

Anyways. Thank You SO much for any information given.



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 Posted 06/21/2009  11:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add valutarick to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am not an expert, but I believe this is a bronze half litra of the Romaian Social war 91-88 before Christ. Or a very crude copy made in later times.
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 Posted 06/21/2009  3:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add MobtownBuzi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
thank you eric, I will look into it
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 Posted 06/21/2009  9:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sorry, Eric, but it's got nothing to do with Romans, or the Social War. It took a bit of eyestrain, but the obverse legend reads HERODOU BASILEOS - King Herod. The coin is purporting to be a bronze coin of Judaea, from just before the time of Christ.

I say "purporting" because I'm pretty sure it's not genuine. It's far too round, and the artistic style of the helmet on the obverse looks cartoonish. Here's what it's supposed to look like. Yours is probably a Holy Land tourist copy.
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 Posted 06/22/2009  12:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add MobtownBuzi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
thanks, Sap

my honest first reaction was to assume it was fake....The coin did seem quite "cartoonish" like you said.

I just needed someone to I.D. it and back me up on my assumption
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 Posted 06/23/2009  09:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add valutarick to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
like I have written, I am NOT the expert... although Herod was installed by the Romans to be the King of the Jews...whahahaha
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