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« on: April 07, 2017, 07:49:34 pm »

I recent acquired an interesting small lead seal measuring 17 mm.   On the obverse is an eagle with folded wings within a beaded circle.  On the reverse is what appears to be a creature - a fish? - with a rider within a beaded circle.  While the seller attributed it as Byzantine, it doesn't look Byzantine to me - could it be Roman?  I would appreciate any comments or insights on identifying the age and source of this seal.  

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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2017, 05:52:17 am »

I know nothing about the seal but I think that the "creature" on the reverse is probably a dolphin. The "boy on a dolphin" type was quite popular on some Greek coins.



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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2017, 05:56:05 am »

I agree 100% with your assessment of the reverse  Pogh_poor
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2017, 05:07:00 am »

It measures 17.01 mm and weighs 3.6g
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2017, 01:33:49 pm »

Could this be a tessera rather than a seal?

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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2017, 02:01:26 pm »

I hope you right because seems not have tunel...Huh

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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2017, 03:54:50 am »

A seal should show traces of a channel where the cord or wire went through to fix it to something. This object shows no such traces, so I wouldn't describe it as a seal. Tessera, for lack of better term, would be more appropriate.
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2017, 09:50:08 am »

Thank you for your valuable opinion.  Poor_poor
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