How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

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How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  twocents on Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:55 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 8:16 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 8:20 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 8:21 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 9:58 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 11:50 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 Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:18 am


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Please identify these?

Post  twocents on Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:18 am


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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  uthminsta on Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:25 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 1:37 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 1:39 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 1:41 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 1:44 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 1:47 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.

KM# 119

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  twocents on Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:49 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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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  uthminsta on Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:50 am

Dangit, you beat me to it! Mad
Now what about the first one?
And I want that Iraqi for my bronze collection! Very Happy

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  twocents on Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:02 am

Sweet, Iraqi. It must have been brought over by a soldier.

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  uthminsta on Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:29 am

Just thought of something. That first coin doesn't look old enough. So that got me thinking it might be using the SH (solar year) calendar. SH1387 is 2008 or 2009... a date which makes much more sense for how shiny that coin is!

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  uthminsta on Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:35 am

Yep. Just figured it out.
It's an IRAN 250 RIALS.
Aluminum-bronze.

And that's my 49th post. Good night.

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  Junk Woody on Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:58 pm

I have the Iraqi 1959 100 fils(KM#124) silver coin that goes with the 1959 1 fil(KM#119)bronze posted earlier




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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  Junk Woody on Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:06 pm

I could not find that exact Iranian coin in my Krause World Coin book.

One side looks to be a 250 rial and the other side looks like a 50 rial.

Someone help me out on that one.

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  JTM3_RCM on Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:40 pm

twocents wrote: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

Since I have seen you on realcent, you may also want to post on "Cerulean's "What is it?" foreign coin ID thread".

http://realcent.forumco.com/topic~TOPIC_ID~1284.asp

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  uthminsta on Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:34 pm

Why? The coins were identified already.

COIN 1: 2009 Iran 250 Rials. Aluminum-bronze.
See another one here: http://www.joelscoins.com/mideast.htm
Scroll down a couple of pages.

COIN 2: 1959 Iraq 1 fils KM119. Bronze, 2.5 grams, mintage of 72 million.

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Re: How to identify unidentifiable foreign coins?

Post  twocents on Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:07 pm

That is a sharp looking Iraqi coin, Junk Woody, much nicer than mine.

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