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Coin Found In The Woods In Maryland | Repro Viking Coin

 
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 Posted 10/10/2009  4:54 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add litenarata to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I found this in the woods years ago and despite many Internet searches over the years, I can't figure out what it is. Any ideas?





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 Posted 10/10/2009  5:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add traevin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Don't know but it's interesting. Do you know what kind of metal it's made of?
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 Posted 10/10/2009  5:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DCH to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like an imitation viking coin of Anlaf Guthfrithsson, 939-954. Bottom picture(rotate 180) depicts a raven.
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 Posted 10/10/2009  5:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add xshift to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like an attempt at a copy of an old coin of Ferdinand's.. this isn't the exact one, but this is what his coins looked like, so you'll get an idea: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Antiques-c...42091251.htm

You could do a few searches on his coins and maybe get a closer one.
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 Posted 10/10/2009  5:33 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to the community.

It looks like a lead seal. If there is a hole on the edge running all the way through than it may be that. What is the size and weight of it? It looks like it's pretty thick. Any idea what the metal is? Interesting piece whatever it is.
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 Posted 10/10/2009  5:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add traevin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
DCH,

It struck me as Viking also. Wasn't the raven Odin's familiar?
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 Posted 10/10/2009  5:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add litenarata to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's a picture of it with a quarter so you can see how big it is.



There's no hole anywhere and I don't know what kind of metal it is. It has a weird metallic smell I can't place...
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 Posted 10/10/2009  5:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add xshift to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It does look a bit like a bird.. I was trying to figure out the lettering on the other picture Al el Ferd.. etc

Sorry, I must have coin translations on the brain and not looking at the 'whole picture'.

Nice going, DCH

..and where are my manners.. Welcome litenarata!
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 Posted 10/10/2009  5:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DVCollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Looks like an imitation viking coin of Anlaf Guthfrithsson, 939-954. Bottom picture(rotate 180) depicts a raven.

That's a likely explanation. I can read Anlaf on the OP's coin.
Compare the coin/replica above to one from the British Museum:

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 Posted 10/10/2009  5:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add traevin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I suppose it would be difficult (or very expensive) to authenticate. Kinda like a Spanish piece of eight I once had.
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 Posted 10/11/2009  01:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If there was a chance that it was real, it would definitely be worth trying to authenticate - an authentic raven coin would be very expensive. Sadly, this one is definitely not genuine. It's too thick, for starters - mediaeval pennies are thinner than that. The style is wrong, too - this die looks to have carved lettering; medieval lettering was made cunieform-style, with a series of punches.
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