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Offline ghipszky

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unknown greek coin
« on: August 08, 2009, 02:48:02 AM »
I found this coin while looking through a very expensive bag of coins. Since these type of coins aren't really my thing, I will need help with this one.
Ginger

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Re: unknown greek coin
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2009, 03:19:29 AM »
Ginger,

That would be "Siculo-Punic" - Carthage and environs - some were struck in Sicily under the Carthaginians in the Barcid era.  Head of Tanit left, wreathed with corn / Horse with palm-tree behind.
Cf. SG 6506-6511.  Approximately 2nd half of 3rd century BC - time of the Punic wars.  There are dozens of varieties all basically on the same pattern, but with various markings.
These are popular and bring pretty good money for what appears at first glance to be some "common bronze".  You didn't say what you paid out of this pick box, so I can't tell if you got a good deal or not.

Mark

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Re: unknown greek coin
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2009, 03:42:54 AM »
Wow what a lucky find and thanks for being so quick with the attribution. I am happily surprised.
I bought a lot of random coins a yr ago for $100 for 100 coins. I have found a few good coins in there. I thought most of them were just worthless. Maybe I should start posting some of the stranger ones.
Ginger

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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2009, 04:23:04 AM »
Yes, you definitely should!

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Re: unknown greek coin
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2009, 11:28:56 AM »
Great id, Mark. Congratulations, Ginger. You've already got your money's worth out of the fun you've had, I'd say.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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Re: unknown greek coin
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2009, 04:05:09 AM »
For sure and just like I said, I had a hard time sleeping. Last time I looked at the clock it said 1:15 am. This is the fun part of coin collecting, thinking something is junk and it is a jewel in my collection now.
Ginger

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Re: unknown greek coin
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2009, 04:36:56 AM »
I envy your excitement and enthusiasm.  I still get a kick out of getting a coin I want but seems I
have lost that part.  I wonder where it went...  Congratulations!

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Re: unknown greek coin
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2009, 04:49:08 AM »
Too much repetition can cause that. I am going to spend some time with my magnifying glass looking through the rest of the bag of coins. Thanks Dale, it is fun to find something so special and so old.
Ginger

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Re: unknown greek coin
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2009, 01:00:48 PM »
Wow what a lucky find and thanks for being so quick with the attribution. I am happily surprised.
I bought a lot of random coins a yr ago for $100 for 100 coins. I have found a few good coins in there. I thought most of them were just worthless. Maybe I should start posting some of the stranger ones.
Ginger
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Congrats,Ginger!

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Re: unknown greek coin
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2009, 06:23:29 PM »
I have attached Mark's words of wisdom to this thread, where they throw excellent light on the questions discussed there.

Peter
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Re: unknown greek coin
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2009, 04:53:38 AM »
Thanks Aditya!
Ginger