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Stuck With Coin Id. No Lettering. Any Thoughts?

 
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 Posted 11/23/2022  11:51 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add JWJ to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi,
I have no idea where to begin with this one. No lettering that I can make out. Any thoughts?



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 Posted 11/24/2022  12:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JWJ to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think I found it.
TARSOS (Cilicia) AE22. VF+/EF-. 175-164 BC. Club and Cornucopia.

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 Posted 11/24/2022  02:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I believe it's from Tarsus, at the time the city was known as "Antiocheia ad Kydnum", circa 170 BC. On the obverse is a cornucopia; around it, there is (very worn on your coin) an inscription, in Greek, naming the city, and (importantly) in the fields on either side of the cornucopia, two monograms: one roughly "M" shaped, the other "theta-epsilon". On your coin, the inscription is mostly invisible but you can clearly see these two symbols. On the reverse, there is no inscription, just the Club of Hercules inside a wreath.

The third coin down on this Wildwinds page is an exact match for your coin, in somewhat better condition.

A nice find. Tarsus was the hometown of the Apostle Paul; as such, this coin can qualify as a "biblical coin", even though it was struck over a century before Paul was born there. Still, it's from a city mentioned int he Bible, so you can double the price.

And, for the budding coin identifiers reading this thread, I found the crucial help to this ID by going to ACsearch.info and typing "Greek bronze cornucopia club" into the search bar.
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 Posted 11/24/2022  12:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JWJ to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Sap. Nice description!
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