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 Posted 02/07/2014  6:39 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add dwayne8625 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Sense I started my coin hobby I have pretty much stayed in line with roman imperial, but after becoming a member here I have seen some very fascinating coins and learned a lot of history. So I've been expanding on my coin collecting interest to include greek and other ancients that may catch my eye. Outside of romans though I have very little knowledge and I have trouble pinning down the ones I have, this one in particular. The only thing I do know is that the obverse is a bust of Apollo and the reverse is a god reclining on a plinth. I have found several examples but most of them contradict each other, such as the god is holding a thyrsus and the others say a patera. Another is what I thought was a monogram above the shoulder of the god and most make no note of it. The last thing is I have seen ODHSITWN on the plinth but mine was either worn down or does not have it. Any help and insight would be greatly appreciated.
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 Posted 02/07/2014  8:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These seem to match, assuming the size and weight of yours are similar:
http://www.acsearch.info/record.html?id=222603
http://www.acsearch.info/record.html?id=234656

As you say, yours is simply worn down.
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 Posted 02/07/2014  8:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dwayne8625 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks bob, sorry about forgetting the dimensions... 14.06mm 3.88g.
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 Posted 02/07/2014  9:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The introduction to the study of Greek coinage is usually via the study of Roman Imperial, thence Roman Colonial local coinages.
Two reasons for this:
Greek coinage has a different script.
The development of Greek coinage(s) does not follow a logical time line. They were issued by very loosely connected city states, not by a central government.

Generally speaking Greek coins are scarcer to find. The result is usually that most ancient coin collections have far fewer Greek coins in them than Roman ones.
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02/07/2014 11:32 pm
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 Posted 02/08/2014  10:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chrsmat71 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
still a cool coin, even worn. I like the river god "relaxing" reverse.
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