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Old April 18th, 2017, 04:09 PM   #1
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Help identifying these ancient coins?


I bought these two coins today, one's Roman and I think the other's Greek, but I have no clue what they are exactly. Can y'all help me out with figuring out what exactly these are?

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This is the first one, probably Roman, I think, Possibly late Republic, early empire?

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Here's the second one, which I'm pretty sure is from a Greek state or Hellenistic kingdom.

Thanks for the help ^^
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Old April 19th, 2017, 05:28 AM   #2

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Take a magnifying lens and try figure what are the characters in the Latin or Greek alphabet... In the second coin i can see

Φ.... XΑΛΚΙΔΕ......Α

no clue...
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The first one seems to be a Roman coin, from Imperial age [overall the human figure recalls typical Roman coins of that period].

On it, there should be the name of the personage [probably an Emperor].

Any clue about the metal or the alloy?
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On the first coin, I was able to make out the words CAES.. for Caesar. Besides, the image seems to be of a shaved man with a headband. This is probably a coin from the early Empire.

On the second coin, Ι see the Greek letters ΦΛ ΧΑΛΚΙΔΕ and there may be another letter afterwards Ω?. I know some ancient Greek, but I can't tell what ΦΛ represents; it may be an abbreviation. Ιn regard to the second word, in all likelihood it alludes to the city of ΧΑΛΚΙΣ in Greece, but ΧΑΛΚΙΔΕ is a declension of the noun. The obverse image is of a shaved man, perhaps a consul. This may be a coin minted by the Romans during the late Republic after their conquest of Greece, or a coin of a Hellenistic ruler minted sometime before the Roman conquest.

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Old April 20th, 2017, 08:00 AM   #5

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My Greek isnt good, but both coins are what is called 'Greek Imperial', ie coins of cities in Greece/Anatolia/Syria/Egypt minted under the Roman Emperors.

First is probably orichalcum, a bronze alloy, and looks to be Gordian III, 238-244CE.
Reverse is a deity seated within a temple. Mixture of Latin and Greek may be Syrian.

Second is bronze and the reverse legend probably explains which city minted it- maybe Chalkis or Chalkidice, as already deciphered? Portrait looks to be that of Trajan, 98-117CE.

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UPDATE: The second one is in fact a Trajan from Chalcis in Syria, as for the other one, still a mysyery, but I'll look into Gordian III's Syrian and Anatolian issues.
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This Gordian III coin from Berytus, Phoenicia seems liek a good match

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This Gordian III coin from Berytus, Phoenicia seems liek a good match

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Eh, it's substantially certain, with a high probability.
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