Coin Identification?


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Coin Identification?

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mar 15, 2008, 5:43 pm

actually i know where the coin is from, but i'm wondering if anyone can cite a reference?

the coin is a 17mm Greek bronze from Messana Sicily, specifically the Mamertini tribe, and dates from after 288 BCE.
the obverse shows laureate Ares facing, and the reverse a bull butting right, and the whole coin has a beautiful green patina.

it seems to be a variety of Sear 1138, but is unusual in that both Ares and the bull are facing right.
i can't find any reference to such a die combination in any of my catalogs, nor have i had any luck online, so i'm turning to the experts here at LT to see if anyone can shed some light on this.

ever hopeful,

mar 16, 2008, 7:27 pm

Do you have an image available? This is a small group, but someone might be able to offer a suggestion if you post an image. (I think LT accepts regular HTML IMG elements; a link would also work.)

You might also have luck with the FORUM discussion board if you haven't tried it; that's the most active ancient coin site I'm aware of. The Greek section is here:

mar 16, 2008, 8:18 pm

thank you.

i was just coming here to post that i have found a positive ID for my coin... and at Forvm in fact.

it turns out to be a rare die combination for that series, and is cited as Särström 62 (2 specimens recorded until 1999), Calciati 8, Minì 11.

i would've gone there first, but it's been awhile and i couldn't remember my password. so i finally just started a new account.

i appreciate your response and recommendation.

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