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 Posted 03/24/2019  4:39 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add arok to your friends list Get a Link to this Message


My best guess is this is a Roman coin. Somewhere between 1st and 4th AD.
Taking into consideration coin's condition, can anybody do any more precise identification for it?

Thank you.

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 Posted 03/24/2019  4:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CGCoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sadly this one is too far gone to fully ID. Looks like maybe late 200's
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 Posted 03/24/2019  6:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Sadly this one is too far gone to fully ID.


Completely agree, but it is often still fun to take an inventory of what we can see and determine - even if the incompleteness of the puzzle can be maddening.

I see a right-facing, possibly bearded, male bust for the obverse. The neckline or base of the portrait is deeply slanted. (I mention this convention because it may omit some Imperial mints or emissions from consideration)

I see a female, robed, figure in very pronounced contrapposto pose for the reverse. I see a hair bun. There may also be something on top of the head - perhaps a kalathos. Perhaps Homonoia/Concordia? She is holding out something, at hip height, to the left. Perhaps a patera? The top of a cornucopia is just barely visible, as are the remnants of a legend around the perimeter.

Granted, even assuming the above observations are correct, it may still leave a number of possible attributions. However, it will have also ruled out many thousands of others while perhaps also suggesting a provincial.

Edit: As an example of where this accounting might take us:
https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=1660051


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 Posted 03/24/2019  7:09 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's going to be next to impossible t ID this coin, I would venture a guess of possibly Claudius II or Gallenius.
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 Posted 03/24/2019  8:02 pm  Show Profile   Check Paul Bulgerin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Paul Bulgerin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Can you share the size and weight with us?
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 Posted 03/24/2019  9:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add arok to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you folks for really quick and detailed replies here.

The size of the coin (or whatever left from it) is about 12mm max. The thickness is 2.2 mm. However, the weights are unfortunately out of my reach at this moment.

I bought this coin indeed for identification fun rather for anything else but apparently overestimated the variety of ancient coins vs. the quality of mine.
So, any help or hints are very much appreciated.
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 Posted 03/24/2019  10:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd start with a provincial coin of Septimius Severus - that's your best bet with that head shape and beard.
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 Posted 03/25/2019  11:02 am  Show Profile   Check Paul Bulgerin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Paul Bulgerin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Or perhaps a beat up antoninianus of Claudius II Gothicus (official issue or barbarous imitative) something like this?

https://www.vcoins.com/en/stores/nb...Default.aspx
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 Posted 03/25/2019  11:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ben to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Definitely a provincial coin of Septimius Severus and the attribution to Homonoia is solid - I think Bob has this one. That example from Nikopolis is very convincing, but I'm not sure the city can be pinned down - this larger coin from Acrasus is also very close:

http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/ric/...ton_4853.jpg
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 Posted 03/25/2019  9:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add arok to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So, Septimius Severus, Nikopolis, Homonoia it will be. At least in my books :)

Actually, sometimes I even have a feeling that I can read
"niko" in the low left corner of the reverse. Though, It could be easily my imagination at this point, of cause :)

Thanks a lot every body for the help. Especially to Bob L for extra effort and strong lead.

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 Posted 03/26/2019  09:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tenbobbit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Bob L is very good at these things arok, I don't think there is any more to be added at this point.
As far as the City is concerned, the reason you are seeing NIKO is because it does say NIKO ( KO end of patera )
It can often be a toss up between Phillipopolis or Nikopolis when the legend is virtually gone, the first letters are ofcourse the giveaway as well as a longer legend.
Here is a rough example of mine from Phillipopolis ( Sep Sev ) that looks a lot like yours but NOT the same.

Size 18mm - Weight 4.17g




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 Posted 03/26/2019  9:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add arok to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes. My seems to be slightly different from yours, indeed.
Thanks.
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