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Old Dime Sized Coppery Coin
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Old Post Posted Yesterday   4:41 pm
This looks like a matam, formerly called a deb, from Bhutan. There's a good article on these at

http://mms.thlib.org/typescripts/00...043/1560.pdf

In future please simply state the maximum diameter of a coin to the nearest mm and the weight to the nearest tenth of a gram. The way you're showing size and weight (in inches and ounces, and making the reader determine the readings and convert the units) makes it difficult to determine these.
Forum: Identification: Unidentified Coins, Medals, and Tokens
 
Help Identifying Mughal Mohur
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Old Post Posted 02/05/2023  9:24 pm
Jaipur gold mohur i.n.o. Shah Alam II (AH 1221-1253), RY 36, Sawai Jaipur mint, KM#55

Here's an example from RY 38

https://www.zeno.ru/showphoto.php?photo=222629
Forum: Identification: Unidentified Coins, Medals, and Tokens
 
HI Everyone ! Does Anyone Know What This Coin May Be Worth? (Id: 1915 Cuba 2 Centavos)
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Old Post Posted 01/31/2023  11:23 am
I believe your coin is probably copper-bronze, and if you look here you can get book values.

https://www.ngccoin.com/price-guide...duid-1279763

For example, if your coin is in XF condition (hard to tell from the photos), the book value is about $3. Coins often sell for substantially less than book values. To get the most accurate value you could search EBay for sold coins similar to yours.
Forum: World Coins and Commemoratives

Additional Help With 1 Falus Malwa M87B
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Old Post Posted 01/30/2023  8:56 pm
Yes I can confirm bd251's identification that it's 904. They wrote the 4 in an unusual way. Here's another example dated 904 using the same unusual 4.

https://www.zeno.ru/showphoto.php?photo=105196

Another way to confirm this is that G&G says these coins were made from AH 901-906, and the last digit doesn't look like a 1, 2, 3, 5, or 6, so by the process of elimination must be a 4.
Forum: World Coins and Commemoratives
 
Sultans Of Dehli, D0706, Sikandar Shah Lodi, Bi Tanka
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Old Post Posted 01/18/2023  8:22 pm
Yes, sometimes there were different symbols used for the 5, and this appears to be one of them. Here's another example of this coin described as dated 915, with a clear "capital E" representing the 5.

https://www.zeno.ru/showphoto.php?photo=124707
Forum: Ancient, Greek, Roman, and Medieval Coins
 
Thick Copper Coin Has Me Stumped. Help. (Id: 10th Century Sultans Of Dehli Tanka)
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Old Post Posted 01/13/2023  6:20 pm
On careful examination (and with my copy of Goron/Goenka held upside down to compare with the second photo) I can confirm andyg's skillful attribution as D706. As described in GG, the script on this coin is in an unusual angular style.

Sultans of Dehli, Sikander Shah Lodi, tanka of 80 rati, no mint name, dates AH 900-922

Here are examples from Numista and Zeno

https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces38507.html

https://www.zeno.ru/showphoto.php?photo=196078



Forum: Ancient, Greek, Roman, and Medieval Coins
 
Another Possible Islamic Coin Needing ID And A General Question.
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Old Post Posted 01/12/2023  6:12 pm
Good ID, andyg

For medieval Indian coins, I generally search Zeno with a tolerance of plus or minus 0.2 grams. If there are no relevant hits, this could be expanded up to maybe 0.5 g. If there are too many hits, this could be tightened to 0.1 g.
Forum: World Coins and Commemoratives
 
Troublesome Coin (Islamic?) Needing Help With Id.
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Old Post Posted 01/11/2023  6:19 pm
I can confirm andyg's skillful attribution. In G&G it matches D1057, Sultans of Dehli, Islam Shah, paisa, no mint, reported dates AH 959 and 960, described in GG as NW type C variety (apparently NW refers to another reference book but I'm not sure what that is).
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Asking For Help With Another Islamic Coin.
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Old Post Posted 01/10/2023  09:07 am
This paika of Ala al-Din Muhammad of the Sultans of Dehli, AD 1296-1316, Goron/Goenka D235, appears to match one side, but not the other side, and has similar weight and diameter.

https://www.zeno.ru/showphoto.php?photo=92151

In the description in Goron/Goenka it says "similar coins may have been struck in Madura by Ala al-din Udaiji Shah and possibly also by Ala al-din Sikander Shah". However, looking at the listings in GG for the Sultans of Madura I didn't see a match.

Hopefully all this can provide a lead in the right direction.
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Unknown Indian To Id, Probably (Ca) 1800-1900: Maratha, Kunch Mint, K65
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Old Post Posted 01/02/2023  3:28 pm
I agree with andyg, a Maratha paisa. For comparison here are some similar, but not identical, ones in Zeno.

https://www.zeno.ru/showphoto.php?photo=151973

https://www.zeno.ru/showphoto.php?photo=181371
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Coins And A Note Given To Me By My Grandparents
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Old Post Posted 12/29/2022  7:46 pm
The first coin is India - British East India Company, one quarter anna, Bombay presidency, 1830/AH1246, KM#231.1, Krause book value as of 2013 maybe in the ballpark of $40 (I would grade this as approximately VG condition). Please keep in mind that coins often sell for far below book value, but this is a nice and somewhat rare and valuable coin.

The fifth coin is India - British colonial, one quarter anna, 1835, KM#446.1, Krause book value as of 2013 (condition approximately G) about $1.
Forum: Identification: Unidentified Coins, Medals, and Tokens
 
Sources For Identifying Islamic/Indian Coins - Please?
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Old Post Posted 12/10/2022  11:31 am
Your expat friend should use a ruler and take the coins to a jeweler's shop to be weighed.
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Sources For Identifying Islamic/Indian Coins - Please?
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Old Post Posted 12/09/2022  1:38 pm
The sources I rely on the most are Krause's book South Asian Coins and Paper Money, Goron & Goenka's book The Coins of the Indian Sultanates, and the Zeno database ( http://search.zeno.ru ). Searching the Numista database can also be helpful ( https://en.numista.com ).

For difficult-to-attribute Indian or Islamic coins, it might be worthwhile to post them on the World of Coins identification website,

http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/in...rd,87.0.html

because there are more Indian experts there, and more members who can read Islamic coins.

As a personal policy, without weight to the nearest tenth of a gram and size to the nearest mm I will not attempt identification of such coins, because Zeno can't be used and it makes ID much more difficult.

Forum: Identification: Unidentified Coins, Medals, and Tokens

Help With The Date On This Islamic Coin (864?) (Ah863 Billon Tanka Of The Sultans Of Jaunpur)
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Old Post Posted 12/06/2022  8:28 pm
This appears to be a billon tanka of the Sultans of Jaunpur, Husain Shah, GG J27. I read the date at about 7-8 o'clock on the first photo as AH 863. GG says these were made from AH 862-916.

This is a nice example. Should have a weight of 9.7-10.3 g.
Forum: Ancient, Greek, Roman, and Medieval Coins
 
India Princely States - ID Help? Mysore, Krishnaraja Wadiyar III?
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Old Post Posted 11/30/2022  5:53 pm
You are correct with respect to the kingdom and ruler; it is Mysore, Krishna Raja Wodeyar III. This is a five cash, series type IV, ND 1811-1833

https://www.zeno.ru/showphoto.php?photo=69616
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Help Needed To Identify Indian Coin.
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Old Post Posted 11/24/2022  11:11 am
Although I didn't find a match in Zeno, just wanted to mention for whatever it may be worth (or not) that the Elichpur mint in Mughal India made many copper coins of irregular, elongated, roughly rectangular shape.
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Islamic Coins Identification And Authenticity
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Old Post Posted 11/20/2022  8:59 pm
Personally I am suspicious of the authenticity. The calligraphy is crude compared to the piece cited, some appear to maybe have been made with the same dies, the patinas look a bit odd, and of course Pakistan is a hotbed of coin forgers. Having said that, none of that makes it definite that they aren't authentic. Maybe some more silver tests and better weighing (though there could be some variability in authentic specimens) might help. Kitchen scales aren't adequate for weighing coins; much more accurate digital scales are available for under $20. A density or XRF test might help determine if silver. The rough surfaces and flat, not-sharp writing make me think of casting. Do the edges show casting lines, sprue marks, or file marks?
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Help Needed In Identifying The Coin
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Old Post Posted 11/05/2022  7:23 pm
On a very quick search I didn't find a match in Zeno, but there are some similarities in weight, size, shape, and general appearance to this 2 kasu of the Rajas of Sivaganga (South India).

https://www.zeno.ru/showphoto.php?photo=179488

Maybe that can at least provide a lead.
Forum: Identification: Unidentified Coins, Medals, and Tokens
 
Set Of Ancient Indian/Mughal Coins- Help!
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Old Post Posted 10/22/2022  7:31 pm
Welcome to the Coin Community Family!

Chances are we can identify most or all of them for you. Please follow forum policy for best results, and post one coin per thread, with clear cropped photos of both sides (preferably correctly oriented, with the rounded bottoms of the letters down, and any lines across the coin horizontally with edges curving slightly up) on a white background, and state the diameter to the nearest mm and weight to the nearest tenth of a gram (don't show measuring rulers or other coins for comparison).
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Can Someone Please Help Me Identify This Coin?
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Old Post Posted 10/21/2022  8:27 pm
Welcome to the Coin Community Family!

For best results, ID requests should be accompanied by clear cropped photos of coins removed from holders, diameter to the nearest mm, and weight to the nearest tenth of a gram.

I'm not recognizing this as a likely Indian coin, but don't have other ideas. With the weight and diameter the Zeno database can be searched.
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