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Offline parimal

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Please help in identifying this coin/token
« on: January 06, 2019, 06:36:17 PM »
I am helping out someone on another numismatic forum in identifying below coin/token
The first image seems to be a crude imitation of the reverse of a Zecchino coin from Italian States while the second image seems to have something written in Persian/Arabic.
It would helpful if someone could provide its correct attribution.

Weight 18 gm
Diameter 28 mm
Thickness 3 mm

Thanks in advance.

Offline Manzikert

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Re: Please help in identifying this coin/token
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2019, 10:22:30 PM »
It looks more like a seal than a coin to me:

It looks as if it might be made of lead
The weight is high for a coin, as is the thickness
At the left edge of the 'Zecchino' side thee appears to be the western date '1818', and if you look at the lower line of the Islamic' side you could interpret part of it as the date '1233', which coincidentally is equivalent to1818.

Other than those guesses I'm afraid I've no idea what it is ???

Alan

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Re: Please help in identifying this coin/token
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2019, 12:56:25 PM »
I join Alan to say that's not a coin but a kind of seal or medal ?
The arabic script is very corrupt but I wonder (with some optimism...) if at top it isn't possible to read "dur-i-duran " the Durrani title (Pearl of Pearls)  ???
Incidently, the date 1818 fits with the end of the last Durrani ruler (Mahmud's 2nd reign)
However, I see no link with the portrait of St John Baptist of obverse...except the date ??
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Re: Please help in identifying this coin/token
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2019, 01:53:08 PM »
1818 is one of the favourite dates of Indian street sellers selling fantasy coins.

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

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Re: Please help in identifying this coin/token
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 08:15:59 AM »
Thank you all for your comments

Offline Quant.Geek

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Re: Please help in identifying this coin/token
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2019, 03:00:31 AM »
But, it looks so cool even though it might be fake...
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