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    Posted 4 months ago

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    OK, I've tried with due diligence, online, to find a similar coin, but nothing quite matches this coin/token, of possible antiquity.

    Given to me by a customer (J&B Cheever) decades ago, among a hoard of other coins (some dating back to King Edward 1307), was this piece. As an modern era coin collector (mostly), I initially thought the drilled hole reduced its' value substantially. However, as I did research on Roman era coinage, I realized it might be a bit more common to create a pendant, with "something special", to memorialize the item. However, I've never found an exact duplicate.

    I should have added, it appears to be bronze, and is about the size of a U.S. quarter. 26mm / 6 grams

    UPDATE 4/6/2021 - with the help of the respondent below, I think we can safely say we've narrowed it down to a Domitian Roman coin, from the first century ~86 a.d.

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    1. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 4 months ago
      I can't help ID it, but will agree it'd make a way-cool pendant...that's prolly what I'd do with it...?? ;-) :-) :-)
    2. IVAN49 IVAN49, 4 months ago
      I think it is DOMITIAN
    3. jmkeene2021 jmkeene2021, 4 months ago
      jmkeene2021jmkeene2021, 9 mins ago
      @Ivan49 - I must have been looking in all the wrong places! There are several very similar coins, in the Domitian period, and the differences are very subtle. I now know it's Minerva, with a javelin & shield, on the reverse, also WITH the S.C. marking (some have the SC, some don't).

      If it weren't for hundreds of pounds of petrified wood I've collected, I'd say it the oldest thing in my home at just under 2,000 years, (compared to hundreds of millions of years on the petrified wood), but, it does now hold the position of the oldest COIN in my possession. Turns out there are many examples, in all conditions, but none of them dilled, so that probably hurts the cause more than I thought. Originally I was thinking value of $200-$500, but, now, I'm closer to $20-$30, which seems crazy for a coin so old, but so it goes, with numismatics.

      Many thanks for pointing us in the right direction!

      @AnythingObscure - might just have to take your advice!

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