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Phoenician coin of Carteia in Spain

Started by capnbirdseye, March 30, 2012, 07:08:30 PM

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capnbirdseye

Not sure if this is Roman, left image figure with trident, right image- I can't make out which way up it goes, looks like an alien running away  ;D ;D

weight 3.05g   AE17mm
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natko

Obverse is obviously head right, trident behind and something like W below, might be part of a script. Reverse might be a bird, or better, a fish, could be a dolphin;D

http://www.acsearch.info/record.html?id=227131 this one reminds me a lot, but I see those Phoenicians have counter marks.

So I identify it as another Phoenician coin of Carteia in Spain. Alien running, that's something what I saw first, too :D Nice piece, congrats!

http://coinproject.com/coin_detail.php?coin=260011



capnbirdseye

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Thank you natco,that's an amazing bit of detective work,  I'll Google it & see if I can find a coin with the same head, I can see now the winged figure of Cupid on a dolphin ( I'd rather it was an alien  ;D I'll redo the photo with the coin turned the right way.
The W might be an M at the end of a word across the top of the coin.
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natko

Yes, actually I believe it's the very same coin.

capnbirdseye

I've not been able to find a similar coin with head & trident on Google images using the info you gave me, there are a few with the Dolphin but not the same head
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akona20

There is one possible other coin but it was only in silver and it was Roman.

However at this point in time I think the identification is correct. I would like to see diameter and weight though to check whether it is a quadrans.

capnbirdseye

I Don't know why I didn't put the weight etc.

weight 3.05g   AE17mm


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akona20

That puts it in the frame for a quadrans of of Carteia.

capnbirdseye

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Final identification as:-

Turreted female hd. r. , trident behind, CARTEIA before / Winged Genius riding on dolphin r.
Carteia ( Roman colony founded in 171 BC).  2nd-1st c. BC, SGCV I, 68.
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