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Archaic Greek Coin (Abydos)

 
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 Posted 12/02/2021  6:59 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Lucky Cuss to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Roughly 10mm across, with the weight coming in at 1.41 grams, which I think would make this a diobol, although I don't see that denomination cataloged. I have it as an issue of Abydos, Troas in a style that's consistent with issues dating from before 480 BC.





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Great pickup. For an eagle that's 2 1/2 millennia old, he looks awesome.
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 Posted 12/03/2021  09:41 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lucky Cuss to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

I wonder if the incuse reverse design might not be a form of tetraskelion (an ancient Greek forerunner of the swastika).

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An interesting article that covers many ancient Greek coins, but its particular relevance to this thread is in detailing under the archaic category some examples with gammadion (also a primitive form of swastika) incuse reverses.

See: https://blog.marinersmuseum.org/202...-greek-coin/

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