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Offline redwine

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Celt or Greek?
« on: April 28, 2017, 04:59:04 PM »
Don't have it in hand    yet  ;D
0.8g so obol sized ish
Told it was Celtic ??
Obverse: Palms
Reverse: Quartered / Cross & lettering

Struggling to find it ....... Any thoughts?  Many thanks  ;D
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Re: Celt or Greek?
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2017, 08:19:45 PM »
The reverse looks Greek to me. Can't make anything of the obverse. In the morning it looks like a palm tree, in evening light I see a lion's head :P

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Re: Celt or Greek?
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2017, 08:31:49 PM »
You sound as confused as I am!  ;D
Should have it in hand soon .....
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Re: Celt or Greek?
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2017, 05:17:27 PM »
I have it, almost sure it's not Celt.
The reverse is incuse. 
0.83g
8.6mm
And Peter, I can see the lion now!  ;)
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Re: Celt or Greek?
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2017, 02:52:28 PM »
I can't find it in Thrace, Cherronesos (Chersonesos).................
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Re: Celt or Greek?
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2017, 05:30:48 PM »
Quite a lot of Lions heads and incuse squares listed here http://www.kwinto-coins.com/MyCoins.html
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Re: Celt or Greek?
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Re: Celt or Greek?
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2017, 12:07:04 PM »
No doubt and a strikingly nice design. It might have inspired a modern 2 lire coin ;)

Macedon is known for its export of warriors, rather than for its grain cultivation. However, even warriors need to eat. It is no coincidence that Alexander the Great went a-conquering by way of the Black sea coast. That's where the grain came from. It could feed Athenians, Rhodians or Egyptians just as well as Macedonians, so he needed to secure his food supply. In that sense, the wheat is a symbol of the military.

Excellent puzzle, satisfactory solution and a coin saved from oblivion. Funny how now that I know it's an ear of wheat, I can't see the lion or palm tree any more.
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