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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.

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Zeugma, Commagene, Syria

|Roman| |Syria|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.,| |Zeugma,| |Commagene,| |Syria||AE| |23|NEW
Zeugma was founded by Seleucus I Nicator who almost certainly named the city Seleucia after himself. In 64 B.C. the city was conquered by Rome and renamed Zeugma, meaning "bridge of boats." On the Silk Road connecting Antioch to China, Zeugma had a pontoon bridge across the Euphrates, which was the long time border with the Persian Empire. The Legio IV Scythica was camped in Zeugma. The legion and the trade station brought great wealth to Zeugma until, in 256, Zeugma was fully destroyed by the Sassanid king, Shapur I. An earthquake then buried the city beneath rubble. The city never regained its earlier prosperity and, after Arab raids in the 5th and 6th centuries, it was abandoned again.
RY92575. Bronze AE 23, RPC IV T8532 (controls A - Θ); BMC Galatia p. 125, 11 var. (control); SNG Hunterian 2628 var. (same); SNG Munchen 416 var. (same); SNG Cop -, VF, nice green desert patina with red highlights, double struck, slightest porosity, a few light scratches, weight 11.871 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 0o, Zeugma (Belkis, Turkey) mint, Aug 138 - 7 Mar 161 A.D.; obverse AYTO KAI TIT AIΛ AΛPI ANTWNINONOC CEB EY (or similar), laureate head right; reverse ZEYΓMATEWN (counterclockwise from 9:00), tetrastyle temple with peribolos enclosing the sacred grove of trees (poor use of perspective, as on all examples of this type), crescent above, H (Greek control number 8) in upper left field; from the Errett Bishop Collection; scarce; $130.00 (119.60)

Judaean Kingdom, Hasmonean Dynasty (Maccabees), c. 104 - 37 B.C., Reverse Brockage

|Mint| |Errors|, |Judaean| |Kingdom,| |Hasmonean| |Dynasty| |(Maccabees),| |c.| |104| |-| |37| |B.C.,| |Reverse| |Brockage||prutah|
A brockage occurs when a blank is struck with a previously struck coin which adhered to the opposite die. See brockage in NumisWiki for a detailed explanation.
JD84591. Bronze prutah, VF, both sides off center, weight 2.051 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, Jerusalem mint, obverse incuse of reverse; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns; SOLD

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


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