How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

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How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  twocents on Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:55 pm

Anyone know a good picture source for foreign coins? When I find foreign coins, I just type the obverse and reverse details into Wikipedia, and voila, I have my answer. However, I have come across several foreign coins not using Greek/Roman letters and numbers. I don't even have the characters on my keyboard. I would presume these are Hebrew or Arabic. Any thoughts? confused

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  AGgressive Metal on Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:16 pm

Scan and post. There isn't much I haven't seen.

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  Pennysaved on Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:20 pm

Do you have those big world coin books? It has come in very handy for me

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  AGgressive Metal on Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:21 pm

Yeah, the big Krause book is great.

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  Bluegill on Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:58 pm

This sight has helped me a few times.
http://worldcoingallery.com/index.php

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  twocents on Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:50 pm

Bluegill wrote:This sight has helped me a few times.
http://worldcoingallery.com/index.php

Great site, but trying to find these unidentified coins is like looking for a needle in a haystack. I just can't find a starting place. I wish I could figure out how to uplink photos.

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  uthminsta on Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:18 pm


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Please identify these?

Post  twocents on Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:18 am


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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  uthminsta on Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:25 am

For starters, at least I can tell you the years.
Using the AH Hejira calendar, the first is from 1387, which is "our" 1967, the second is from 1379, which is "our" 1959.

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  uthminsta on Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:37 am

Countries which use the AH calendar, which I've checked:
Afghanistan
Algeria
Bahrain
Egypt
Iran - coin one
Iraq - coin two
Jordan
Libya
Maldives
Morocco
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Sudan
Syria
Tunisia
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
Yemen
...there are probably several other countries...


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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  AGgressive Metal on Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:39 am

I think the second one is from Jordan.

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  twocents on Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:41 am

That gives me a starting point. Once I know what countries to search, it makes things easier. Both of these were found in NF Strings penny rolls. Thanks for your help.

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  uthminsta on Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:44 am

AGgressive Metal wrote:I think the second one is from Jordan.
Just checked Jordan. Nearly all their coins have some English on them as well as Arabic.
Is it possible this is some sort of token, and wouldn't be listed in the Krause book?

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  AGgressive Metal on Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:47 am

Just kidding, it is Iraqi. One Fils. Bronze, 2.5 grams. Mintage of 72,000,000 - so not worth much. 15 cents in fine. $1 uncirculated.

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  twocents on Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:49 am

The darker one (second one) has the feel of a token. It is thin, like a US dime. It almost feels like plastic, but it sure looks like copper, and rings like it.

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