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Offline ghipszky

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Seleucid coin, I think
« on: July 03, 2018, 02:49:27 AM »
This beautiful little coin. It is 11mm. Still have to get the weight.
Ginger

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Re: Seleucid coin, I think
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2018, 06:35:09 PM »
It looks to be in the name of Antiochos, but there where many of those. As the other side is almost blank this will be very difficult to attribute.

Anthony

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Re: Seleucid coin, I think
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2018, 03:56:30 AM »
I love the figure sitting on the obverse side, at least I think it is the obv.
I will look up Antiochos to learn more.
Thank you Anthony.

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Re: Seleucid coin, I think
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2018, 12:27:18 PM »
Is this one from a "to be cleaned" lot, Ginger? Or did you buy it separately?

Peter
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Re: Seleucid coin, I think
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2018, 12:37:06 AM »
It's called an AE Serrate by numismatists. They were made by several emperors; even several Antiochuses (Antiochii?).

The reverse is Apollo seated on the Omphalos (a stone of supposed magical properties situated at the "navel of the world") and testing an arrow while leaning on his bow.

See:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omphalos

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Re: Seleucid coin, I think
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2018, 04:10:29 AM »
Peter,
I originally found it in a lot of uncleaned coins, years ago. I left the sand so I could see where it was found. It was sitting on my microscope with the Phoenician coin. It has been there for years. There are a few more coins up there that were with these first 2.
Ginger

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Re: Seleucid coin, I think
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2018, 04:11:40 AM »
Finn235,
Thanks very much for the link. Very interesting.
Ginger

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Re: Seleucid coin, I think
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2018, 08:34:05 AM »
That explains it, Ginger. "Cleaning" lots are fine for learning how to clean. They even contain nice surprises once in a while, but in general, you get what you paid for: as much detail as on the soles of a hobo's shoes. Once you have a feeling for how to clean coins, it is better to save up for coins with a bit more detail. Until that time, the coins you have cleaned can serve as perfectly good fillers once they are identified.

Peter
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Re: Seleucid coin, I think
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2018, 03:10:39 AM »
Peter,
I learned quickly which coins were better to brush off, soak in distilled water vs olive oil and which ones to leave untouched. This one is untouched. The silver one I tried to clean with lemon juice on the end of a q-tip.
This little coin I knew was special the second I saw it. I am thankful to have it. Once I realized the coin had not been struck on both sides I left it alone and put it with the other "lucky finds".
I will write up its card this week. Then I will go through the rest and pic another. I think it will be my 2nd fav. emperor, Aurelian.
Ginger

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Re: Seleucid coin, I think
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2018, 02:42:57 AM »
So I weighed this little coin and it weights 9grams. Does that seem like a lot??
Ginger

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Re: Seleucid coin, I think
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2018, 12:04:10 PM »
9 grams is possible but, with the diameter of 11 mm you give, this is an unlikely combination.

Anthony

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Re: Seleucid coin, I think
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2018, 02:29:44 AM »
I think this scale is not working right. Remember how much it said the silver coin weighed. I will check it out this weekend. Read it directions again. Maybe recalibrate it.
Ginger

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Re: Seleucid coin, I think
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2018, 07:23:20 AM »
What a nice little brockage. Humble but unique, like all brockages.
Paul

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Re: Seleucid coin, I think
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2018, 04:01:54 AM »
Thank you Paul. I love it, have had it for awhile now and just posted its picture and learned whose coin it was minted under and who is on the reverse.
Ginger