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Offline Hitesh

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Identify Countermark
« on: June 23, 2015, 09:25:55 PM »
Could anyone please help me identify the counter mark on this coin?
The coin is too far corroded. It's copper and I think it's a 1/12th anna(not sure).
Weight - 1.8g
Diameter - 16mm

Thank you.
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Re: Identify Countermark
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2015, 01:43:23 AM »
Purely speculation, but it may be a dove in flight, seen from above.

It may be a love token, as the dove is a symbol of (unspoken) love, as embodied by Astarte (Ishtar, Astoreth). An old-fashioned frenchman may still call the love of his life ma colombe - my dove.

Another possibility is religious. There is a dove in flight hanging from the Huguenot cross. A dove in flight is also used as a symbol for the holy spirit. Your piece may have given access to local or controversial church services.

A more Indian explanation is the bird in flight as the soul. Garuda can play this role. In China, the dove (鴿, ko) is seen as a symbol of matrimonial care and motherhood, which opens the possibility that the piece was used as a fertility amulet. Since the piece is not pierced, this option may be less likely.

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Re: Identify Countermark
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2015, 06:36:16 AM »
A Dutch windmill token.  ???

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Offline Hitesh

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Re: Identify Countermark
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2015, 07:00:33 PM »
I really have no clue. I found this among some copper coins I just acquired.
I don't think it could be a dutch countermark as all coins belonged to BI.
There are also two dots just along the bird like figure. I've pointed them out in the image if it's of any help.

But, If I had to choose I'd be partial to this one :D

Purely speculation, but it may be a dove in flight, seen from above.

It may be a love token, as the dove is a symbol of (unspoken) love, as embodied by Astarte (Ishtar, Astoreth). An old-fashioned frenchman may still call the love of his life ma colombe - my dove.

:D
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