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Ancient Spain (Beligiom) Denario and As  120BC to 20BC
Ancient Spain (Beligiom) Denario and As 120BC to 20BC

bgreeny, this is our best guess at what you have. There aren't many small ancient silver coins with a bearded head and a rider on a horse, especially not with letters underneath the horse. So this is a pretty good guess!

The ancient Iberian peoples did a lot of trading with the Greeks and Romans, so they came to know of their coins. They soon started striking their own, carrying inscriptions in the Iberian languages. These specific coins have inscriptions in the Northeastern Iberian script. It's written from left to right, and reads BELIGIOM or BELIGIO, depending on the exact coin type. The mark(s) behind the bearded head read either 'BE' or 'BELI', again depending on the exact type. These are very valuable coins, as listed below:

SILVER:
worn: $200 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $400
well preserved: $600

Amazing specimens with virtually no wear on the surfaces and beautiful toning can reach catalog values of up to $1000.

There is also a version in base metal. The name for this coin is borrowed from a Roman denomination - 'As'. They look just like the silver ones, but they are bigger and struck in bronze.

BRONZE:
worn: $50
average circulated: $120
well preserved: $350

Since the writing of this article, bgreeny has contacted us by email. His coin is similar to the one shown on this page, but carries a different inscription underneath the horse. His coin is from the ancient city of Bolscan, not Beligiom. There are also other, similar coins with different inscriptions. Values fluctuate a bit, but are not too far off from those shown on this page.

Coin: 18015 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: bgreeny, Wed, 08-Oct-2014 22:13:16 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Wed, 08-Oct-2014 23:47:47 GMT
Requester description: obverse: bearded male head right, curly hair
reverse: horseman galloping right, spear in right. there is lettering under but in a language i cannot understand

appears to be very old possibly
Tags: ancient spain beligiom belgium denario denarius 120 20 espana spainish hispanarvim hispan espanas hispanarvm hispaniarum hispanirvm spanich hispanarium hispana espania espa spanish hisp espanola hispa spai hispaniarvm belgisch belgian belge belgische belguiou belgien belgia belgish belgie beleciqve belgen belgidue belciqve belgii belges belgiue belgioue belgique belg belga denar denari bearded beard male man head curly squiggle hair horseman horse spear lettering monogram language tee goty goatee gotee whiskers beared whisker beareded wiskers mens mans squiggles scribbles curl swoosh squiggly squigle swirl bowed twirly scribble curlicues curve curved curlycue curvy curving swirls curls squiggley sqiggles swirly curves hairdo hairline mountie mounted mount equestrian rider pony horsehead riding ride horseback horses equestres stallion script inscription letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy letters inscriptions scrip lettered initials

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