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 Posted 05/20/2020  5:09 pm Show Profile   Check ksammut's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add ksammut to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello everyone,

Please excuse me, but I know absolutely nothing about Ancient coins. I probably know less than I think I do! But, I found this ancient coin in my collection the other day and was wondering what it was. It is a little less than 2.5 centimeters in diameter and weighs approximately 9.1 grams.It appears to be in good condition for a coin this old, but I'm not exactly sure who the ruler is, where it is from, the date, value, etc. I have included a picture of the original 2x2 I received it in, if it helps. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!




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 Posted 05/20/2020  5:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks to be a Gallienus Tetradrachm...
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05/20/2020 5:17 pm
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 Posted 05/20/2020  5:19 pm  Show Profile   Check Tanman2001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Tanman2001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a Gallienus Tetradrachm from Alexandria, Egypt. These are usually potin/billon.

LIA on the reverse represents regnal year 11 (For Gallienus that's 263-264 AD).

Obverse - AYT K Π ΛIK ΓAΛΛIHNOC CEB Laureate, draped, curaissed bust right.
Reverse - LIA Eagle standing left, head right with wreath in its beak, palm branch to right.
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 Posted 05/20/2020  5:47 pm  Show Profile   Check ksammut's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ksammut to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow that was quick. Thanks for the info! I love how original the coin appears.
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 Posted 05/20/2020  6:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@ksammut....Yes you have a very nice example there...
I'm not into shiny so the toning really appeals to me...
Congrats on a nice find....Paul
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 Posted 05/20/2020  7:06 pm  Show Profile   Check ksammut's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ksammut to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Paul!
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 Posted 05/20/2020  9:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is indeed in good condition. These late-period Romano-Egyptian tetradrachms were basically made of scrap metal - whatever happened to be lying around the mint on the day. There's usually a trace amount of silver (less than 1%), and most of the rest is copper, but often with high amounts of lead, tin, iron and even sand. As such, they are highly prone to corrosion and degradation.
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