I don't have much experience with these coins, but I searched the CNG
archives for Svoronos
1125 and brought up 60 examples. No exact matches for your reverse legend
, but two of the CNG
60 are different from the norm. I don't know that striking would account for this, even though some doubling/shifting is seen on these coins. My guesstimate without looking into it further is a die engraver's error.
Finding another example struck from the same reverse
die might give a definitive answer.
in question on your coin, where the I and O would be, might have these two characters combined, looking something like: b
Like the engraver realized the mistake after having engraved
the O centered between the A and Y and then went back and squeezed the I in up against the O. There are other examples of these coins where legend
characters appear to have been squeezed in up against adjacent characters, where it looks like the engraver was running out of room. Usually there is still
enough definition to the characters so that the viewer's eye sees what is intended, but maybe not always.