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Can Anyone Identify This Coin? Or Even Where To Start Looking?

 
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 Posted 01/13/2019  6:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It would help if you told us the weight and diameter and showed us a picture of the other side.
Are there letters around the rim? If so can you read any one them?

It may not be a coin but a medal.
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@RH1, can you tell if the metal alloy is lead-based? It seems quite dark. Also, I agree that a pic of the back, weight, diameter, and anything that you can see with the piece in hand would be useful.
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It may not be a coin but a medal


Very interesting item! Perhaps a religious medal, as the person appears to have her/his hands clasped in prayer and kneeling.

If you need to take a photo at a different angle to see the lettering, this would be helpful, as would a pic of the other side, and your comments on whether the metal looks like bronze, or is more gray/silver in color, as mentioned by others.

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Depending on size, could be a communion token. They very often were lead, and some of the Scottish ones can be quite elaborate.
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Good thought @norantyki--perhaps a communion token. I agree that the subject appears to be kneeling and praying, but isn't that a bed rather than a prei-dieu? Here is a closeup:




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If that is a standard to the right, and a halo (sometimes they are shown as a flat disk), one guess could be that this is an image of Joan of Arc praying before going into battle.
It is one type of image of her, though not the most common one. If French, JEANNE or JEHANNE or ORLEANS in the legend are words that would tend to confirm.
Just a thought.
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The idea about Joan of Arc is interesting but I'm pretty sure this is a communion token because of the young woman's posture. Her back and head are vertical and her eyes are forward, as if she's at attention, and her wrists appear to be bent backwards so her palms can be upward. Praying posture is different, either head down solemnly or head up looking to heaven, with palms together and fingers straight or intertwined.
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