New here (with plenty of hope...and questions)
"Thanks" to the beer pandemic, I've gotten back into the wonderful world of coins and while fiddling around with my collection I've ran (to be honest, I actually thought my missus threw it away) into my box of "hopeless" coins. I liked them equally as much as the rest, but never had the patience and time to deal with them. Which brings me, a few decades later, to this point in time and place, where I would like to ask for your help in figuring out what exactly these forgotten coins are (more might come, but I am fairly slow) and bring some life into them. One of the things that I've been trying to do while sorting through them was to kind of index them and refer them to some online or offline source, hence some links or books would be appreciated as well.
I am by no means a good photographer so what my camera cannot pick up, I will try to explain with words and add my observations as well. These 3
s have been keeping me busy for too long, so any help would be really appreciated
(really like the tools available so far)
I will start with the Token
not sure how much of it is visible, but from what I can make out it is some sort of rechenpfennig/jeton/counter money/token...which in theory should be enough to actually figure it out...except that I cannot seem to find any that resembles that one
The text is a mess due to its condition, but what I can fairly certain make out is ?AINRICH.FORSTER
? on the reverse with the imagery being the traditional trefoil and the imperial orb.
On the obverse the things get a bit trickier when it comes to the imagery but, as a guess from the letters I can distinguish, the text says GOTES SEGEN MACHT REICH
Needless to say, any links or explanations will be greatly appreciated
Then there is this,what I believe to be, ancient Sicilian coin. However, that assumption might be wrong and the reason why I have a hard time finding it anywhere (it doesn't show up in any of the Greek coinage catalogues that I have and the internet sources makes it very confusing)
On obverse seems to be Zeus' head facing right, but on the reverse there seems to be an eagle in a very uncommon position - spread wings, turned neck, facing right
- (I have only found one reference for something that looks similar and it is from the roman occupation of Syracuse and I am not convinced that it is right)
Not sure why the pictures turned 90 degrees on this one, but the head is facing down in the first one
As for the last one (kept the messiest for the end), I have no clue.
Had a few ideas, but they all seemed to have been in vain. Went with thinking that it was from Hieron II era and I was almost certain that on the reverse it was some sort of a club or bolt...until I started seeing a horse, so I went and had some tea to clear my mind. That didn't help. Still confused. The one thing that I found peculiar was the way the coin was struck have some really deep engraving.
Again any suggestion or reference would be greatly appreciated
Really looking forward to your answers guys. Thanks in advance