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Ancient Iberian Coin Need Help Identifying

 
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 Posted 06/29/2022  6:08 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Lgandrews to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I purchased the coin online and it was advertised as a 1st Century BCE Castulo Semis. However, I doubt the accuracy of this claim. The images and inscription on the coin don't seem to match any coins typically from Castulo. After searching through coin catalogs, online stores, and academic papers, I was unable to find any Iberian coin that matched mine. I have also contacted multiple Spanish auction houses and they can't match the coin with anything in their archives, but do believe it's an authentic Iberian.

The coin (see attached images) has a left-facing portrait on the front. On the reverse, there is a left-facing bull with a possible plow under the back legs. Above the bull is an inscription in what I believe to be liby-phoenecian script. The characters "XIS" are visible.
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 Posted 06/29/2022  7:13 pm  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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 Posted 06/29/2022  10:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@lga, since we know this coin is old, I'm going to move the thread over to the ancients subforum. Hopefully we can get some good eyes on it for you.
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 Posted 06/30/2022  1:26 pm  Show Profile   Check louisvillekyshop's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add louisvillekyshop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you are willing to leave the bull behind there are other combination from the area with left facing busts.....

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Possibly horseman riding left

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 Posted 06/30/2022  3:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would guess it's an issue from Carisa/Carissa, bust left/horseman.
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 Posted 07/01/2022  09:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lgandrews to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@Bob L I contacted a Spanish auction house and they also concluded it was from Carisa.
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 Posted 07/01/2022  1:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Doucet to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree. Probably Carisa.

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 Posted 07/01/2022  10:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lgandrews to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If it is Carisa, and assuming the inscription says Carisa, what are the missing characters in the Iberian script? I looked at other Carisa coins and the characters don't seem to match
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To me it looks like the coin was broken and maybe it was a small flan as well. Therefore the legend is not visible.

What appears to be letters are actually the horses legs.

What is under the horse that looks like a large X I don't know, maybe something with the encrustation.

Great post Lgandrews.


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