I bought a "Byzantine
" coin from a website that sold mostly Roman
and some Greek coins
, the Byzantine coins
, like the rest, were not selectable. Fast postage though. Anyway, this coin arrived today, it looked like a Byzantine
" coin, though there were no discernable Byzantine
marks, such as an emperor.
I soaked the coin in a mix of lemon juice and vinegar. In the evening I brushed it up, gradually revealing what markings there were.
Most striking, excuse the pun, was the obverse
with the overstrikes in Latin numerals. And after a final clean at night the coin seems to be showing all it has, and it is clear there is an Arabic inscription
on the reverse side
This is what I can make out so far...Obverse
: Three counter marks/ overstrikes "B" over "IIII", "dot" over "VI" and "II"Reverse
In the photos I have circled out in crimson red
, breaks or punctures in the coin. It seems the coin was not originally made to have these faults and they are the result of it being overstruck
If it was a Byzantine
coin originally it might be a legacy of the Crusades bearing the marks of the Latins and the Saracens.