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  1. #1
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    Always huntin' fer somethin'

    Dec 2006
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    Weird old coin

    Calling out the coin experts here for help!

    About 25 years ago, my dad gave me a cache of old coins. I had just about forgotten about them until today, when I went thru the safety deposit box and I found this coin among them.

    It's pretty cruddied up, so I did a pencil scratch on paper on both sides of it, which proved not much help at all. It appears to have the star of David on it, and I can't make out much else.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
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  2. #2
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    Re: Weird old coin

    Can you post a pic of the other side?

    Depending on the size, it's a falus or some multiple denomination thereof (2, 3, 4) from the Kingdom of Morocco and dates from the 1800's. (The date on the coin will be in the 1200's and is a Hejira / Islamic calendar, date.)
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  3. #3
    us
    Always huntin' fer somethin'

    Dec 2006
    My first M/D find
    Garrett Ace 250
    1,740
    157 times

    Re: Weird old coin

    Quote Originally Posted by PBK
    Can you post a pic of the other side?
    Here ya go, probably not much help though.

    Thanks!!
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  4. #4
    us
    Always huntin' fer somethin'

    Dec 2006
    My first M/D find
    Garrett Ace 250
    1,740
    157 times

    Re: Weird old coin

    BTW, any suggestions on cleaning this coin? I don't want to screw it up, I'm good at that.
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  5. #5
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    Re: Weird old coin

    Quote Originally Posted by scotto
    BTW, any suggestions on cleaning this coin? I don't want to screw it up, I'm good at that.
    One option would be to soak it for a few weeks in olive oil, then clean with a soft-bristle brush and finish with a cloth.

    However, some forum members have had excellent results with other methods, too, so your best bet would be to hold off until they've posted their suggestions.


  6. #6
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    Sep 2006
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    Re: Weird old coin

    Car battery, jumper cables, one gallon of salt water and stand back!! KIDDING.

    Welcome. I like the use of Kano Kroil. Eats crud and guaranteed not to harm metal. It is slow working. I don't use olive oil myself. Some other fine folks have had great luck with it though. We use it to eat crud from rusty part. Water Displacement No. 40 does a fine job, but, it's base is fish oil. Other suggestions are bound to come along quickly. GL with it!

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  7. #7
    us
    Always huntin' fer somethin'

    Dec 2006
    My first M/D find
    Garrett Ace 250
    1,740
    157 times

    Re: Weird old coin

    Thanks PBK & Will!
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  8. #8
    us
    Sep 2006
    Montana
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    Re: Weird old coin

    Nice ID PBK... any indication as to value?

    I also have no opinion as to olive oil... I've used it on coins and buttons and it sure works, but the oil seems to keep seeping back out forever! I'm not afraid to clean a coin I'll never get rid of, but maybe you should think twice if its valuable. There are tons of opinions on this very thing in the treasurenet coins forum, check it out if your unsure at all how to clean coins.

  9. #9

    Oct 2004
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    Re: Weird old coin

    After cleaning a coin with olive oil soak in acetone and wipe clean,repeat if needed.Caution-acetone is flammable,so keep away from open flame.Best to use outside.
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  10. #10

    Re: Weird old coin

    scotto, my advice is not to try and clean it, because it looks to far gone anyway and any attempt to clean it might lift of any remaining detail.
    Don't piss down my back, then tell me it's raining.

  11. #11
    us
    Always huntin' fer somethin'

    Dec 2006
    My first M/D find
    Garrett Ace 250
    1,740
    157 times

    Re: Weird old coin

    Thanks everyone for your input.

    Any clue to it's value? Or is it just too darn cruddy?
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  12. #12
    jp
    Sep 2006
    Japan
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    Re: Weird old coin

    Hi, yeah it does depend on the size of the coin. My guess is that this is a 1/2 Falus, if so the value in it's condition is about US$ 3

    Happy Hunting!

  13. #13
    us
    Always huntin' fer somethin'

    Dec 2006
    My first M/D find
    Garrett Ace 250
    1,740
    157 times

    Re: Weird old coin

    The olive oil worked pretty well. I let it soak for a week. It brought out a little more detail, thanks guys.
    ~~~ I am the Prince of Tides ~~~

 

 

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