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Please can you take a look at this coin that I found recently in a river in the UK.
I am interested to know its origin and value including age.

Thanks in advance

Carl

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Hello,
This one is out of field of expertise but I'll try to help. The scripts on this token look like Brahmic scripts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmic_scripts) so possible origin is India or that area in S-E Asia. Might be a religious token or something like that, I doubt it's a coin. The toning is also quite confusing, I wonder what metal is made of? Could be tin, lead, even silver?!

Anyway, this looks like an unusual find for U.K. and as you found it in a river it could either be an item lost long ago or quite recently, by a collector for instance. In either case it would be strongly recommended that you contact your local Officer for Portable Antiquities Scheme, you can find the name and contact details on this page: http://finds.org.uk/contacts (look for your area in that list). It's the right thing to do and if this item is of some importance it won't get wasted from a scientific point of view.

One more thing: by any means do NOT try to clean it with anything, it may ruin it incredibly fast, just leave it like that, store it in a dry dark place and avoid handling it with bare hands, better use a soft clean cloth or a cotton glove.

Best regards and good luck!

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I can answer questions regarding certain Eastern European medieval coins, especially coins issued in Wallachia / Walachei/ Transalpina / Tara Romaneasca, Moldavia / Moldawien / Moldau / Moldova, Transylvania / Siebenbürgen / Transilvania for which I can usually make rough estimates of value based on past public sales. Medieval coinage of Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary is also a field of interest but I usually can provide only identification, not evaluation, because of insufficient bibliography. Questions about coins of the Ottoman Empire and of the Golden Horde might get answer if you allow double of the usual time of 2 days. I cannot answer questions about medieval coins of Western European states or any Russian coins except Sadagura issues (1771-1774), nor questions about ancient or modern coins. NOTE: I will need to see at least a decent picture or a scan of any specific coin you ask about (with both sides, obverse and reverse). Please do not ask what a coin is worth without sending clear images of it along with your question.

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Over 20 years of coin collecting as a hobby (ended, switching to study of other public and private collections), access to good numismatic libraries and various online and offline resources.

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Member of Romanian Numismatic Society.

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Cercetari Numismatice (Bucuresti)/ Numismatic Research (Bucharest).

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Biochemistry graduate, History undergraduate.

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