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Offline gpimper

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Unidentified...medallion?
« on: March 02, 2019, 03:33:35 AM »
Not sure on this but it looks like it could be German.  Seems someone made it a medallion at some point.
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Re: Unidentified...medallion?
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2019, 06:41:23 AM »
So far, I have read:

obv: * (H?)IC GERAE ... N.ESTRA, Sun rays
rev: U.LIB ... (H or N?)OS, three-master

Style seems 18th century European or colonial. Looks religious, e.g. ship in heavy water (emergency) / sun shining on earth (divine help). Could be an amulet.

Peter

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Re: Unidentified...medallion?
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2019, 09:37:13 AM »
It could be a counter token from Nürnberg, Gemany, probably 19th century. The text on the ship side should be PLUS ULTRA. The sun side usualy contains the name of the producer (in this case could be I. C. GERNER - Jobst Carl Gerner, d. 1854) and often text like RECH PFEN. These tokens were very popular in the Ottoman empire - used as cheap cloth decorations instead of gold coins.
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Re: Unidentified...medallion?
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2019, 04:50:51 PM »
Yes, this is a Nürnberg-style "plus ultra" jetton/counter or whatever you want to call them.

I've accumulated a fair few of these over the years, without actively trying to, but I've still not found a suitable reference work covering them.

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Re: Unidentified...medallion?
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2019, 05:48:31 PM »
This can be useful entering the lettering in the search bar. Comes up with some good results, mostly.
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Re: Unidentified...medallion?
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2019, 07:55:14 PM »
Thank you all!  We thought it was rather odd finding it in a batch of ancients.  We've a couple more that we are trying (gently) to clean.   
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