Found - The Importance of Being Urn-est (2017)
The Egyptian Magic Coin and Cleopatra-Bird coin
The television program "Found" was produced by Committee Films for the History Channel cable network.
and submitted to the program.
on September 3, 2017.
The program's experts try to determine who made the coin and how it got there.
wearing a bird headdress on the obverse and is called the Cleopatra-Bird coin.
The episode segment is introduced as "Tip number 2378" from Phil in Minnesota.
2. Introduction page
Phil explains to Dale Simpson, an archaeologist with the program.
My mother found a strange little thing over a hundred years ago.
I don't think its American, but what is it?
3. Dale talks to Phil
The image of the individual sure looks Egyptian.
It looks like on one side I have maybe hieroglyphs.
Maybe even a great pharaoh in the center.
4. Coin obverse
5. Coin reverse
I'm on the fence about this artifact
Part of me is so excited of the possibility that this coin travelled from Egypt.
Dale believes that the item is not a coin but a medallion.
He takes it to the office to do a search in an online database.
He meets Mike Arbuthnot, another archaeologist.
Dale and Mike bring up a database on their computer and look at Egyptian coins.
7. Egyptian coin 50 piastres 2008 with bust of Cleopatra
The Egyptian coin image looks similar to the found item image.
They discuss the item, it appears to have been pressed from one side, and is probably more modern.
They call Stuart Grannen, an antiques expert, in Chicago.
8. Stuart explains
Stuart recognizes it as a watch fob, a piece of men's jewelry used when men carried pocket watches.
They were very common about 100 years ago.
9. Egyptian Magic Coin watch fob
Well, right around 1900, there was a whole big Egyptian revival thing.
King Tut and the pyramids were a big deal.
Maybe the owner was a Mason or a Knights of Columbus.
A Sears catalog 1905 page appears on Dale's Apple Ipad.
10. Dale's Ipad with Sears catalog page
The computer image is brought closer.
11. Closer look at the Sears catalog page
The watch fob with the Egyptian Magic Coin is shown, and below it is the found item image.
12. Dale explains to Phil
This is actually a Sears catalog from 1905
Not only were these things watch fobs, but they were also known as magic coins.
Basically, good luck charms with Egyptian pictures.
Sometimes the answers come from a Sears catalog from 1905.
13. Egyptian Magic Coin
Gold colored bronze, 32mm, 8.35gm
Obverse: Pharaoh seated on throne surrounded by heiroglyphs
Reverse: Sphinx with pyramids and sunburst behind
For more information on these items, please visit: The Mysterious Egyptian Magic Coin
14. Egyptian Magic Coin Cleopatra-Bird Variety
White metal, 32mm, 10.50gm
Obverse: Cleopatra facing right wearing bird headdress and to right, a small bird also facing right.
Reverse: The Egyptian Magic Coin sphinx-pyramids design.
Michael Arbuthnot as Himself - Archeologist
Dale Simpson Jr. as Himself - Archeologist
Stuart Grannen as Himself - Antique Expert
Phil as Himself - Finder
Writers: Brian Bangerter, Paule Engelking, Carly Samuelson, Cate Honzl
Producers: George Norman, Michelle Lappin Day
Researchers: Jen Blanck, Cindy Barber