Whilst collecting Crusader
coins I've picked up a few of 'odd'coins that were inexpensive and pretty rough but looked interesting. Some I've been able to eventually ID but after a few years since occasionally staring at them - these two have me stumped. I thought someone might have seen something similar. I have a copy of Malloy
's 'Coins of the Crusader
States 'as my main reference.
I got these 2 coins from a seller based in the Middle East which is why I thinking Crusader
The first coin has a Star
of David /Star of Solomon and appears to a bronze. It is thin and poorly struck. The reverse
(?) has a cross
in a square - off centre - with lines extending from the edges of the square. The only coin I've seen that look remotely similar are some late coins of Antioch
sold by Forum
with the Star
of David. Could it be a very late Crusader
bronze or possibly Mameluke or even Mongol?
The second coin is also a small thin bronze - This one has what looks go be a church
or gateway-and some latin letters . The reverse
is a puzzle. Possibly blundered Kufic
in lines? A possblity I considered is a very late bronze of Tyre. Could the reverse
be a poorly detailed arrow rather an an inscription
? Again, there are some aspects that look like some of the late coins of Tyre or Sidon
sold through Forum
Your thoughts, speculation and outright guesses are welcome!