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Alright IQfy, what's the oldest manmade object in your possession?
I have a bronze Roman coin from roughly 370 AD depicting Valentinian

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have a Middle Republican coin before the Denarius was introduced. These coins weren't standard and were thought to have only been used in foreign purchase in Southern Italy rather than in Central Italy. Everything about these kinds of coins is non standard, from weight, composition and the like. Besides what was depicted which is usually Janus or other less popular Roman Gods.
    I'd estimate my coin comes from about 250BC but all I can know for certain is that it is older than 220BC.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Everything about these kinds of coins is non standard, from weight, composition and the like.
      To be fair, thats the case with just about every Roman coin, they didn't really concern themselves much with consistent mass production back then like we do today, rarely are these coins perfectly circle like what we're used to with modern coins.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Not really. The Denarius was made by state mints and were created with a standard form in mind, the same intended composition, size and look in mind for all of them. Middle Republican coins before the Denarius could be larger than your hand or slightly smaller than the Denarius, there was absolutely no standrd form at all, in part because they were made by private individuals and there was no state control or even known usage of coinage at that point.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    This coin of Emperor Constantine I minted in Alexandria. I collect coins from various historical eras.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The medal for participating in the Battle of Königgrätz in 1866 from my great-great-...-grandfather. He was a Prussian cavalryman.
    >pic from the internet, too lazy to make a photo right now

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >from my great-great-...-grandfather.
      1866 would be around the time of my great-X4 grandfather. Incredible you have something from them anon, that's very special. I got my great-X3 grandfathers revolver he used as he was traveling out west to California, its 1880 vintage chambered in .32 S&W

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >that's very special.
        Thanks, I agree, it's my most prized possession. It's also a family story with it, because we found it (with several WWII medals of my great-grandfather) in an old box of chocolates in the back of a closet after my grandfather died a few years back.
        My grandfather was a refugee from the Eastern Territories during WWII (Landsberg an der Warthe, now Gorzów Wielkopolski in Poland) when he was 9 years old. He fled with his mother, both had a single suitcase each. Either his mother or he had the medal in the suitcase and saved it, but he never even mentioned the medals while alive.

        >I got my great-X3 grandfathers revolver he used as he was traveling out west to California, its 1880 vintage chambered in .32 S&W
        Amazing. What's its condition, do you think it would theoretically still work?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >It's also a family story with it, because we found it (with several WWII medals of my great-grandfather) in an old box of chocolates in the back of a closet after my grandfather died a few years back.
          Fantastic. I likewise found much of my great-grandfathers old stuff in the back of my garage after we got the family home but he never saw any frontline action in World War II, he was a guardsman
          >What's its condition, do you think it would theoretically still work?
          Its basically mint since it was hardly ever used and remained in a box as it traded hands. I'm sure it would still work but I've never so much as wienered the hammer back

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't have anything remotely old. But I just wanted to thank OP for starting an interesting thread that is related to history instead of the millionth haploautism or religious debate post.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Do you have anything that's at least 25 years old? However mundane it is, it still counts anon

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Not even that. My mother in law robbed my wife and I of almost all our possessions about a year ago and we have had to start over. Long story. In the end though my wife disowned her mother and took my side.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Damn anon that's fricked. I hope you see it as an opportunity to start collecting things from a blank slate.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Yup, that's exactly what we plan on doing.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          You should have murdered her tbqdesuwyfampai
          What kind of stuff did she steal?

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have this. Peppered with underlinnings and little margin notes that I like to think are from the original owner

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Anything they wrote that you can make out?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Not really, most of the handwritting is pretty old fashioned, can barely identify the letters sometimes

  6. 2 months ago
    I<3feet

    I have the remains of a Mondragon rifle made in Mexico. It's over 100 years old

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      where'd you get that?

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have a tiny silver coin from Lydia made around 500 BC or so.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The numbers demand you reveal its face.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        My mistake, it's actually from Ionia. But it's still from 500 BC.

  8. 2 months ago
    Radiochan

    Are these coins super common or smth? I have one too.
    Anyway, a "widow's mite" from the time of Herod.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have somewhere - not sure where I put it away - an approximatively cube-shaped stone with rounded edges I've found among the ruins of a bronze age hilltop fortress (not telling you the region because it might have been illegal to bring it home). it's slightly larger than a tennis ball and I have no idea what it was used for, but it was obviously intentionally shaped and I doubt very much it is modern - for one, I know of no use for anything like it. the fort itself was in use until about 1200 BC.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have a bronze age tumulus grave (likely 3, but only 1 of them are officially registered)

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have have a coin of Antoninus Pius

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    This thred has inspired me.
    Ordering an emperor Hadrian coin minted from Alexandria.
    I was originally going to get an Alexander the Great coin but the prices were too high. So I settled for a less expensive, less well known homosexual in power.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The oldest I got is a bound collection of letters from the 1700s. Hard to read but super cool to see into someone's daily thoughts from several centuries ago. It would seem they weren't overly fond of the Irish back then.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have an old alarm clock from the 1980s I think.

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have the Outline of History that my great great grandmother gave to my great grandfather wih an inscription on the first page.
    Probably should wrap it in plastic or something.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have a photo of a distant relative who fought in the Spanish-American war, got a few more from WW1 as well.

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