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coin identification

Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:38 am
by Jack Campin
I work for a charity shop. This week we had an odd coin collection donated. Not from a serious collector - no albums or cataloguing, just a few heavy tins of random stuff, but not your usual holiday leftovers.

Some of it I think I can work out easily enough, like the New Zealand decimalization commemorative crown, the Roman copper coin, the local authority banknotes from France in WW1 or the pennies and silver coins from the reigns of the earlier Georges. And thanks to an Indian volunteer I can suss out some 19th century British India stuff. But there are several of one thing that baffles me. They're made of some kind of very dark bronze - deep red copper-coloured on the front and back, almost black on the edges. They have fragmentary bits of rather crude inscription in an Arabic-like script, they're about 2cm wide and 0.5cm thick, and very heavy. I wondered if they might have been used as weights rather than coinage; the edges are not milled or cut precisely cylindrical as a stamp would do it - they look as if they might have been cut out of larger coins with a chisel.

Anyone know good places where a charity might look to get stuff like this identified and priced?

Re: coin identification

Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:20 am
by davetmoneyer
Check for coin shops in your area on google, or take them for identification to D. Bateson at the Huntarian Museum Glasgow