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Questions tagged [numismatics]

Numismatics is, according to Wikipedia, the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, and related objects. It pertains to the auxiliary (or ancillary) sciences of history, like archaeology, codicology, and epigraphy.

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Why does some Califate money feature crosses?

Why does some Muslim money feature crosses? Like the following ones: Was the cross an early Muslim symbol?
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Did the US quarter shrink in size?

I am confused by the size of a current US quarter. It is not a major problem, but it is baffling. It is smaller than a shilling, yet 5 shillings make a crown and 4 quarters make a dollar —...
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What happened to the coins In ancient Greece and Rome when monarchs changed?

Were there any instances in the ancient periods of Greece and Rome, where the succeeding monarchs/state leaders refused to acknowledge the coins issued by the preceding monarch, i.e., decreed the ...
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Can anyone help me identify this coin?

This is a roman coin, I'm not sure of the date and who is on the front.
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What's this antique coin?

Reverse: Obverse (click for full size) Can anyone identify this coin? I found it with other coin in a bag left by my father after he passed away.
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Worth of an old 1/4 tanka coin when it was active 1516-1526

Can someone tell me what was the worth of a quarter tanka in India when Ibrahim Lodi's was the ruler (1516-1526 CE) or what a quarter tank could buy at that time?
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What's this coin?

Can anyone tell me what this coin is?
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What's this coin? IMP CAES M IVL PHILPPVS OVBOVS; Rev: IOMH COL HEL

What's this coin? My father kept this coin for a long time.
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What's this coin? 1607 Hispania

What's this coin called? i found it on a shipwreck website.
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Identify two Medieval Indian coins

Can someone help me identifying these two old coins found in India? They are made of copper. They are very thick and weigh around 10 grams. Both the coins have a diameter of 1.5cm and thickness of 0....
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What is the origin of this coin? Willem WRL

My great-grandfather saved a bunch of very old coins from all around the world and from different times just for me, 7 years after he died, the coins were given to me. Here is one that I cannot find ...
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What is the largest hoard of coins ever found?

According to Guinness world records, the largest coin hoard ever found is one of 80,000 Roman coins in Brescello, Italy, in 1814 (coinsweekly says 1714). However, I stumbled across this Independent ...
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Identify Olympic Coin with USA and Japan flags

A friend has found a coin which has been a hassle to identify. It is a silver coin, which on one side has a Japanese flag and an USA flag crossed. On the reverse side is the Olympic Rings and some ...
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Can anyone tell me what this coin was used for, an approximate date and possibly what it’s worth?

It says 'Play coins of the world' with a 50 in the center on one side and on the other side it says Reis Brazil.
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What is this coin? Figure in rose. Rev: Mansion

Looks old can only make out one word (my death ) Other than that no idea.
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Can anyone help me identify this coin? Basiliea Selvykou. Rev: ICA

Can anyone help me identify this coin?
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What coin/token is this? Copper “1 1900” Rev: Austro-Hungarian arms

I am unable to locate any information regarding this coin/token. Can anyone help?!!
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Antoninus Pius coins

I have looked all over online and cannot find this specific coin. Can anyone help? We believe they are of Antoninus Pius, but I can’t identify anything on the back, although I believe the winged ...
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Leather 1.50 German gold mark

I have a German 1.50 gold mark that looks to be made of leather. It is about 3/16 of an inch thick. and dyed black. It has many symbols. Please if anyone can tell me about this. It looks to be dated ...
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How to identify this coin with a bust on one side and the letters S and C on the other side?

I believe this coin is Roman but I'd like that confirmed. Can anyone give an approximate date and any other information possible (maybe difficult as it is quite worn). It measures between 2.5cm and 2....
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What was the “Brakteaten” medieval monetary system?

I am reading "Interest and inflation free money" by Margrit Kennedy. I have only found this book online (here). It is not in my local libraries or bookshops. The author states (page 39 of pdf): “...
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Who is on the Nazi 2 Reichsmark coin?

There is a long haired figure on the 1934 2 Reichsmark coin. Who is it?
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Can someone identify this coin? ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟ(Υ) (Β)ΑΣΙΛΕΩ(Σ)

Can someone please identify this coin? I would really appreciate it if you could tell me how old it is and what era it belongs to? (https://i.stack.imgur.com/up4S3.jpg)
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Please help to identify these coins

First coin: it dates 1670. The coat of arms seems to show the checkerboard as in Flag of Bavaria, but that's speculation Second coin: it dates 1770. The inscription beginns with D.G.MAX.IOS. etc., ...
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What coin is this and where is it from? Thai script, Thai arms. Rev: left facing portrait

here is the front and back of a coin which I would like to find out about. Anyone know which country this is from? Thank you very much!
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Roman Coins (Ancient forgeries )

This one is for the coin collectors, have any of you folks come across forgeries that were made before the fall of the Empire. I know that after the fall of the Empire , a lot of the smaller kingdoms ...
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Chinese Copper Cash Coin. “咸豐通寶 Xianfeng Tongbao”

I found this Chinese copper coin, which I believe is a 4/2 characters type. One side is almost legible, the other not due to sea corrosion. I am reluctant to clean it without knowing what or from ...
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What does GEORGIUS III·D:G·BRITANNIARUM REX·FIDEI DEF·& c·mean? [closed]

I recently came across this medal created to commemorate the preservation of George III from an assassination attempt in 1800: (the image was taken by me) The inscription reads GEORGIUS III·D:G·...
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Who introduced coins in India?

Which King or Kingdom first introduced the coins in India for trading (internal or external)?
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List of Roman Imperial Coins ~0 CE/AD

I'm trying to find a list of Roman Imperial Coins that were used around 0 CE/AD. Most of the my searches turn up lots of shopping pages. After sorting through tons of listings, I can find lists that ...
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What coin is this? Arabic: 10 Fulus, over crossed wheat and lead

Years ago (maybe 15), my grandfather gave me this coin and I have no idea what it is or where it came from. Can anyone help? I'm pretty sure it came from the Middle East (he did a lot of work there ...
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Clay Bulla token/coin identification needed. Struck coin

What type of bulla is this? This was givin to me with no information, I can only say it might be clay and copper.
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Is this a Caesar silver coin?

A friend showed me a coin he found a number of years a go, but it is hard to identify if it is a Roman coin. Can someone help me identify when it is from? (images no longer available online at ...
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Did Mesopotamia have coins to represent Gerahs & Minas?

I am doing a project on Mesopotamia and have stumbled upon their currency system. They have Gerahs, Shekels and Minas. These units of currency are referred to by their laws, yet I can only find ...
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Why does the Star of David feature on these African coins from 20th century?

Why does the Star of David feature on these African coins from 1936 and 1959?
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Why did overestimated coins led to inflation and well-estimated coins to deflation?

It is said in Debt, the first 5,000 years by David Graeber (chapter 4, note 2) that when the value of metal coins represented exactly their weight, the result was deflation. The author says that when ...
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When were Roman Emperor's faces placed on coins?

During an emperor's reign, were coins (i.e. sestertii) minted the year they became emperors, the year they stopped being emperors, or right in the middle?
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Were Roman emperors in the first century AD shown as holding stars in their hands?

The New Testament Book of Revelation starts with an image of the exalted Jesus holding several stars in his hand. I read in a commentary that there were coins at that time which showed Roman emperors ...
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Was the Byzantine follis larger than the Roman (and why, if yes)?

Today I saw in a museum a row of coins minted by Roman emperors. The last four coins were of the follis kind, belonging to Constantine the Great, Constantius II, Anastasius and Justinian I. . The ...