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Offline Medalstrike

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Tehran Civic Copper
« on: September 13, 2009, 09:26:16 AM »
Hello,

with this Civic Copper i have some problems to identify the Obverse,
i think the figure represents a dragon,
but nowhere do I find an indication, the dragons were depicted.

Tehran - Copper - 25 mm and 4 mm thick - 18,2 g

Thanks and greets,
Dietmar
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Re: Tehran Civic Copper
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2009, 12:15:54 AM »
What a lovely coin Dietmar! 
Were dragons ever used in Civic coppers? I've not seen any.
I suppose it could be sturgeon. They do look rather fierce. Or even an eel.
richie

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Re: Tehran Civic Copper
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2009, 05:19:23 PM »
Hi richie,

i`m also excited about the coin,
thank you for pointing with eel or sturgeon, i would not have guessed.
Unfortunately I can only find no civic copper coins which portrays of an eel or sturgeon.

Dietmar
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Re: Tehran Civic Copper
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2009, 09:12:46 PM »
Civic coppers are a wonderful series.  What animals were used? Did they use dragons, eels and sturgeons? I think that we have much to learn about these coins.
Yours is in excellent condition!
richie

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Re: Tehran Civic Copper
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2009, 05:58:55 PM »
Dragons are typically found in East Asia and Wales (but the Welsh dragon is a different species), with some larger lizards playing with St. George on the coins of Russia and England. If this piece is from Tehran, the dragon doesn't fit. As a frequent and enthusiastic consumer of eel, I don't think it's an eel either. Fins don't fit, head too large. However, sturgeon rings a bell: Persian caviar. I wish I could help with the text...

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Re: Tehran Civic Copper
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2009, 06:12:50 PM »
Thanks Peter, so far I came only in the enjoyment of Russian caviar,
Persian caviar would be probably something for my palate. :P
I am more and more happy at the idea, that it is a sturgeon on the coin.

Dietmar
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