Photo Beverley H. Moseley, Jr.
The coin is considerably darker than it appears in the above photographs, which were taken in bright sunlight. It is 25 mm. in diameter. Although a Cincinnati jeweler at one time told Elliott that the coin was gold, it appears to be bronze or perhaps lead, and is very similar in style to other bronze, copper and lead coins of Micipsa depicted at the Wildwinds website. It is rather heavy, and has an unusual angled flat spot over the head.
The beginning of Micipsa's rule coincided with the final seige of adjacent Carthage by Rome during 149-146 B.C., and was a time when Carthaginian refugees might have been eager to flee from the long reach of Rome. For details of Micipsa's reign, see e.g. the Wiki Classical Dictionary article at http://www.ancientlibrary.com/wcd/Micipsa. In Micipsa's day, Ross County was a major center of the Adena and Hopewell cultures.
Gene Elliott, with the coin he found in 1967.
Photo July 2001, Beverley H. Moseley, Jr.