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Mint Errors

Ancient coins dies were hand engraved and the coins were hand struck. Significant variation is normal and errors, including spelling errors, off center strikes, double strikes, etc. usually decrease, not increase, the value of ancient coins. On this page we will list only the more unusual errors, beyond those ordinarily expected.

Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Pella, Macedonia

|Pella|, |Gordian| |III,| |29| |July| |238| |-| |25| |February| |244| |A.D.,| |Pella,| |Macedonia||AE| |25|
Pan is depicted in the pose of the life-size marble statue known as the Barberini Faun (Drunken Satyr) in the Glyptothek in Munich. A Faun is the Roman equivalent of a Greek Satyr. The position of the right arm over the head was a classical artistic convention indicating sleep. The statue is believed to have once adorned Hadrian's Mausoleum. The historian Procopius recorded that during the siege of Rome in 537 the defenders had hurled down upon the Goths the statues adorning Hadrian's Mausoleum. When discovered, the statue was heavily damaged; the right leg, parts of both hands, and parts of the head were missing. Johann Winckelmann speculated that the place of discovery and the statue's condition suggested that it had been such a projectile.Barberini Faun
RP96948. Bronze AE 25, BMC Macedonia p. 95, 46 (normal obv., this reverse); Varbanov III 3758 (R4) var. (normal legends); AMNG III-2, p. 100, 36 var. (same), gF, green patina, coppery encrustations, porosity, off center, flan crack, weight 8.498 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 0o, Pella mint, 29 Jul 238 - 25 Feb 244 A.D.; obverse IMP COROIANVS P F ΛC (sic), radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse COL IVL AVG PILLΛ (sic), Pan seated left on rocks, nude, right hand on top of head, syrinx in left field; one similar specimen on Coin Archives; $50.00 (46.00)


Late Roman Reverse Brockage, 8 March 364 - 24 August 367 A.D., Valens or Valentinian I

|Mint| |Errors|, |Late| |Roman| |Reverse| |Brockage,| |8| |March| |364| |-| |24| |August| |367| |A.D.,| |Valens| |or| |Valentinian| |I||AE| |3|
Interesting strike error, called a brockage. A brockage occurs when coin is stuck in a die and another coin is struck before it is removed. The obverse design on this coin was struck with the reverse of a coin stuck in the obverse die. Because it should be easy for the mint workers to spot a coin stuck in the obverse die (the anvil side), reverse brockages are rare.
ER60011. Bronze AE 3, RIC IX Siscia 7(a)ii or 7(b)ii, VF, nice green patina, weight 2.570 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 28 Mar 364 - 24 Aug 367 A.D.; obverse incuse of reverse; reverse SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE (security of the Republic), Victory walking left, wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand, ΓSISC in exergue; rare mint error; SOLD


Roman Republic, P. Clodius M.f., 42 B.C., Brockage

|Mint| |Errors|, |Roman| |Republic,| |P.| |Clodius| |M.f.,| |42| |B.C.,| |Brockage||denarius|
A brockage occurs when a blank is struck with a previously struck coin which adhered to the opposite die. Click here to read a detailed explanation.
RR08393. Silver denarius, Crawford 494/23, RSC I Claudia 15, Sydenham 1117, BMCRR I Rome 4287, RBW Collection 1727, Sear CRI 184, SRCV I 492, F+, weight 3.19 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 42 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, lyre behind; reverse incuse (negative) of obverse; SOLD







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