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 Posted 03/12/2016  03:56 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add DavidUK to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
You know how it is when a coin speaks to you, usually saying "BUY ME! BUY ME!" well that happened earlier with this little silver obol from Sogdiana (I'd never heard of it either...)





I liked the stylish design, particularly of the archer and also the price (it was not an expensive coin... to fill my car with petrol costs more) so it doesn't particularly matter that I know nothing about it other than the description. The description says "Legible inscription" I can't see an inscription let alone read one...
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 Posted 03/12/2016  06:36 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting coin. I want a coin from Samarqand. That city brings to mind the Travels of Marco Polo along the Silk Road
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 Posted 03/12/2016  08:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks DavidUK for posting this coin. The archer on the rev reminds me of those wooden manikins that you can buy in art supply stores.
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 Posted 03/12/2016  08:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The archer reminds me of (its roughly contemporary) Victory designs on Roman coins, personally.

And the "I can't even see the inscription" part reminds me of when I got a Dutch East Indies cent (one of these 1940s US mint issues that probably never circulated) - one of the legends on that type is in Javanese, and I've had more than one person, including at least one other coin collector, tell me that this particular legend is an ornament
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03/12/2016 08:12 am
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 Posted 03/12/2016  09:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent acquisition, David.
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 Posted 03/12/2016  10:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add antwerpen2306 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
very nice coin , I did not know there existed other scyphate coins than Byzantine .Never to old to learn .albert
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 Posted 03/23/2016  7:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ancientnoob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I believe this is among the earliest Scyphate coins, predating the Byzantine trachy by nearly a thousand years.

The Himyarite Tribal Confedracy
(Homeric Kingdom) Southern Arabia (Modern Yeman, Oman)
s. 50-100 AD
Anonymous Issue (Scyphate "cup-shaped")
Raidan, Arabia
AR Half-Drachm 14.8 mm x 1.32g
Obv. Male Head right monogram behind.
Rev. Small Male Head right. Himyar Script. Trident monogram
ref. Mitcher 373
Note: Uber Scyphate.



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 Posted 03/24/2016  12:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DavidUK to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coin, but what a nose!
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 Posted 03/24/2016  1:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add antwerpen2306 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
very nice coin , even with this nose . Two questions : Homeric kingdom : what does it mean ? and the trident : I see it on the obverse , on the reverse is the monogram . albert
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 Posted 03/24/2016  9:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ancientnoob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
ha your right see thats what happens when you ctr-C, ctr-V from old notes. It should be Trident monogram behind head crescent left field. Reverse is Sabean Script Son over palm tree.
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