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A Small Bronze Coin That Has Me Baffled?

 
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New Zealand
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 Posted 08/31/2021  04:33 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Dannz99 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi,

Could anyone please help me identify this small coin...

I have had it hanging around my collection for years...on occasion I have a bit of a search online to try and attribute it, but I have now raised the white flag in surrender.

As can be seen, one side is blank/worn away and the other has four quadrants with a dot in the middle with some cryptic symbols in each quadrant - this little coin is really close to a slug, I think I received it with a bunch of low quality un-cleaned (late period) Roman coins.

It is around 12mm in dia. and weighs 1.32 grams, so it is tiny...I am not sure if Roman, Greek or other?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Regards, Dan.

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Russian Federation
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 Posted 08/31/2021  05:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like Messembria (M-E-T-A in quadrants). Not very familiar with the series and IIRC they're commonly faked.
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United States
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 Posted 08/31/2021  07:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
( I'm no pro, it's just my humble opinion )
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United Kingdom
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 Posted 08/31/2021  1:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JohnConduitt to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Possibly SNG BMC 278 on this page:
https://www.wildwinds.com/coins/gre...mbria/i.html

It looks very round and centred, and perhaps suspicious that one side would be worn down so much.
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New Zealand
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 Posted 08/31/2021  8:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dannz99 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you all that have replied back...

Yes, I agree, it is very round and centred - most images of other coins of this type do not have the wheel all the way to the edge of the flan.

However, the condition of the metal looks authentic to me and the existing patina looks real - maybe an ancient fake?

I agree it's strange with the obverse virtually flat, but I think I can see a very faint outline of something (head?) in certain angles/light...maybe I'm just imagining it.

Anyway, I will ID as PROBABLE; "Greek - Thrace, Mesembria AE, Circa 350-300 BC. [Helmeted head of Athena to right] / Wheel with four spokes; M-E-T-A between spokes. SNG BMC Black Sea 278; Moushmov 3977. 1.32g, 12mm.

...Thanks for the welcome John1

Regards, Dan.
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Cyprus
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 Posted 09/04/2021  4:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add micha to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks authentic, I have a similar one with Facing Corinthian Helmet at 15mm 2.2g
Dan, I did some photoshop tips and if you turn the obverse 180 degrees could be a Facing helmet, the quality of the photo is low to say for sure but check it out as well.
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