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 Posted 07/16/2009  12:40 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add smartelf to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi, I recently bought around 40 uncleaned ancient coins, and managed to clean most(still figuring out the best method, probably cleaned too harsh). but am unable to identify even one coin, here are 4 coins, will post a few more.








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 Posted 07/16/2009  03:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
#1: it's a slug. I can;t see anything there that remotely resembles an ancient coin design.

#2: A follis of Licinius II, reverse type "campgate" PROVIDENTIAE CAESS. Can;t see the mintmark, but stylistically is looks the same as this example from Wildwinds.

#3: from the Gallo-Roman Empire: Tetricus II caesar, reverse SPES AVGG, Hope standing. The example on Wildwinds is in worse condition than yours.

#4: This one's not ancient. With a castle on one side and a lion on the other, this one is an early modern Spanish coin (1500-1600, I think).
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 Posted 07/16/2009  06:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nic to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great looking and very interesting coins, really looks ancient, material? - are they made up of copper or brass?
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 Posted 07/16/2009  11:10 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Bronze, sometimes with a trace of silver.
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 Posted 07/16/2009  11:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add smartelf to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, will post a few more coins, but whats the best way to identify them, especially if you cant really read the name, or part of the name is off-center or broken off. I have spent hours looking for coins, and couldn't nail them down.
Also the first coin does not appear to be a slug, but I don't really know what it is. I'll try to get a better picture, but it is as if there is a large K in the design.
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 Posted 07/16/2009  12:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add smartelf to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here is a few more pics.
Should I clean any of these more or leave them alone?

This coin shows the most detail and is fairly large and thick





















Thanks, this place is always real helpful.
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 Posted 07/16/2009  10:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nic to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The 14th and last one with someone standing looks the best for me, neat, just curious, what is that particular coin's diameter?
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 Posted 07/16/2009  10:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add smartelf to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
about 15mm
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 Posted 07/17/2009  02:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add smartelf to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
bump, any way to get the coins identified, just the emporers would be a great help, thanks
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