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When we make a special buy, we will give you the opportunity to share our luck. Random selection coins from bulk lots in this section are unattributed and without flips or tags. Please don't ask us to provide individual coin photos or pick a nicer coin especially for you - luck of the draw is fair to everyone. If you want more than one coin, you can change the quantity in the shopping cart.

Constantine Era Bronze Coin in Plastic Holder, 307 - 364 A.D.

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The coin in the photo is randomly selected example, not the actual coin you will receive.
SL35619. Bronze coin, Constantine and his family, in plastic holder, Fine or better, no grades on holders, one coin; $2.90 (2.47)

Roman Republic, Lead Glandes Sling-Bullet, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

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According to the contemporary report of Vegatius, Republican slingers had an accurate range of up to six hundred feet. The best sling ammunition was cast from lead. For a given mass, lead, being very dense, offered the minimum size and therefore minimum air resistance. Also, lead sling-bullets were small and difficult to see in flight. In some cases, the lead would be cast in a simple open mold made by pushing a finger, thumb, or sharpened stick into sand and pouring molten metal into the hole. The flat top end could later be carved to a matching shape. More frequently, they were cast in two-part molds. Sling-bullets were made in a variety of shapes including an ellipsoidal form closely resembling an acorn; possibly the origin of the Latin word for lead sling-bullet: glandes plumbeae (literally leaden acorns) or simply glandes (meaning acorns, singular glans). The most common shape by far was biconical, resembling the shape of an almond or an American football. Why the almond shape was favored is unknown. Possibly there was some aerodynamic advantage, but it seems equally likely that there was a more prosaic reason, such as the shape being easy to extract from a mold, or that it will rest in a sling cradle with little danger of rolling out. Almond-shaped lead sling-bullets were typically about 35 millimeters (1.4 in) long and about 20 millimeters (0.8 in) wide. Sometimes symbols or writings were molded on the side. A thunderbolt, a snake, a scorpion, or others symbols indicating how it might strike without warning were popular. Writing might include the name of the military unit or commander, or was sometimes more imaginative, such as, "Take this," "Ouch," "Catch," or even "For Pompey's backside."
AW66458. Lead glandes sling-bullet; cf. Petrie XLIV 15-23; roughly biconical, without symbols or inscriptions, c. 40 - 90 grams, c. 3 - 5 cm long, one sling-bullet randomly selected from the same group as those in the photo, ONE BULLET, BARGAIN PRICED!; $20.00 (17.00)

Japan, Shin Kanei Tsuho, Edo Period, 1603 - 1868

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The very first four mon coins, issued in 1768, had 21 waves on the reverse. Later four mon coins, all with 11 waves on the reverse, can be dated by the type and color of the metal. Meiwa-sen, brassy alloy (68% copper, 24% zinc, and 8% tin), was used for the first 11 wave issue, 1769 - 1788. Bunsei-sen, reddish alloy (75% copper, 15% zinc, and 10% lead), was used for the second issue, 1821 - 1825. Ansei-sen, dark alloy (65% copper, 15% zinc, and 20% lead), was used for the third issue, 1857 - 1859. After 1866, all four mon coins were cast in iron.
JA87037. Brass 4 mon, New Kanei, Meiwa-sen (brassy alloy); Hartill EJC 4.252 or 4.253; Ogawa 329 or 332; Krause C 4.2, weight c. 4.88 g, maximum diameter c. 28 mm, die axis 0o, Musashi Province, Edo, Fukagawa mint, 1769 - 1788; obverse kan ei tsu ho (universal treasure of Kwan Ei); reverse 11 waves; VF or better, quality and patina may vary, minor bumps and scratches, similar to the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $7.00 (5.95)

Wheaton College Collection of Greek and Roman Coins

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Published by the American Numismatic Society, this volume publishes the collection of Wheaton College in a format similar to SNG.
BK09881. Wheaton College Collection of Greek and Roman Coins by J. David Bishop and R. Ross Holloway, hardback, 32 pages plus 32 plates; $6.00 (5.10)

China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Hui Zong, 1101 - 1126 A.D.

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Huizong, one of the most famous Song Dynasty emperors, spent most of his life surrounded by luxury, sophistication, and art, but ended in tragedy. An artist, Huizong neglected the army, and Song China became increasingly weak. On Jan 18, 1126, after the forces of the Jin had crossed the Yellow River and came in sight of the Song capital, Kaifeng, Huizong abdicated in favor of his son Emperor Qinzong. The Jin entered Kaifeng on Jan 9, 1127, and many days of looting, rapes, and massacre followed. Huizong and Qinzong were captured and demoted to commoner. Huizong was deported to northern Manchuria, where he spent the last eight years of his life as a captive.
CH87038. Iron cash, Hartill 16.502, Schjoth -, Fisher -, weight c. 3.6 g, maximum diameter c. 25.5 mm, 1119 - 1125; obverse Xuan He Tong Bao, Slender Gold script; reverse plain; aF or better, quality varies, some with edge chips, some with thicker rust, similar to the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $5.00 (4.25)

Korea, Choson (Yi) Dynasty, 1392 - 1910

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Beginning in 1633 A.D., during the reign of King Injo, the famine relief "Stabilization Office" (Sangpyongchong) began to cast coins using the first two characters of the office name (sang pyong) in the inscription (sang pyong tong bo), meaning "always even universal currency." Sang pyong tong bo coins were cast from 1633 to 1891 and circulated for over 300 years. Numerous government offices and military mints produced the coins as a source of funding and many were also privately cast. The reverse of the earliest coins was blank, later reverses indicate the mint and other issue information. There are perhaps more than 5,000 varieties.
KO87040. Copper 1 mun, Velde-Hartill type 28, SCWC KM 448 ff. (all 1828 and 1857 series), Craig LCC 6, weight c. 4.55 g, maximum diameter c. 23.5 mm, Hullyondogam (Military Training Command) mint, c. 1828 - 1866; obverse Sang Pyong Tong Bo (always even universal currency); reverse Hun (Hullyondogam) mintmark above, additional characters below and left; aF or better with legible mintmark, quality and patina varies, some with minor flaws, bumps, scratches, encrustations, similar to the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $5.00 (4.25)


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