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Holed and Modified Coins

On this page we list coins that have been holed or modified in other ways. Some coins have been modified for use as weights or jewelry. We may include coins on this page that have graffiti, clipping or other damage.

Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

|Crispus|, |Crispus,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |326| |A.D.|, |solidus|
In July 324, at the Battle of Hellespont, Crispus, destroyed Licinius' naval fleet in the Dardanelles, allowing his father Constantine the ability to cross over the Bosporus into Asian provinces. Byzantium was besieged and Licinius assembled a second military force, under his newly elevated co-emperor Martinian at Lampsacus (modern Lapseki).
SH12095. Gold solidus, RIC VII Cyzicus 20, SRCV IV 16639 ($16,000 in EF), Depeyrot 16/1, Cohen VII 56 var., gVF, ex jewelry - edge repairs and gold jewelry solder, weight 4.046 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 324 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, nude bust left holding spear and shield; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG NN (harmony between our two emperors), Concordia seated left on throne, caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand arm, SMKE in exergue; ex Jonathan Kern's personal collection; very rare; SOLD

Julius Marinus, Father of Philip the Arab, Philippopolis, Arabia

|Philip| |I|, |Julius| |Marinus,| |Father| |of| |Philip| |the| |Arab,| |Philippopolis,| |Arabia|, |AE| |23|
Philip the Arab was born in a small village in Provincia Arabia. After he became emperor, he renamed it Philippopolis and an extensive construction program began changing the village to a city. Among its coins are this rare type that honors Julius Marinus, Philip's father.
SH15300. Bronze AE 23, SNG ANS 1402, Spijkerman 2, BMC Arabia p. 42, 2, Fair, holed, weight 6.513 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 180o, Philippopolis (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) mint, 244 - 249; obverse ΘEΩ MAPINΩ, Julius Marinus' bust right, carried by eagle; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOΠOΛITΩN KOΛΩNIAΣ S - C, Roma standing left, patera in right hand, spear in left hand, shield at feet right; rare; SOLD

Jovian, 27 June 363 - 17 February 364 A.D.

|Jovian|, |Jovian,| |27| |June| |363| |-| |17| |February| |364| |A.D.|, |solidus|
After evacuating Persia, upon arriving at Antioch, Jovian revoked the edicts of Julian against Christians. The Labarum of Constantine the Great again became the standard of the army. He issued an edict of toleration, to the effect that, while the exercise of magical rites would be punished, his subjects should enjoy full liberty of conscience. However, soon after he ordered burning down the Library of Antioch and on 11 September issued an edict that punishing those who worshiped ancestral gods with the death penalty. He extended the same punishment on 23 December to participation in any pagan ceremony (even private ones). In Syriac literature Jovian became the hero of a Christian romance. From Jovian's reign until the 15th century Christianity remained the dominant religion of both the Western and Eastern Roman Empires, until the Fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453.
SH08999. Gold solidus, RIC VIII Antioch 223, near VF/F, holed & plugged, edge filing, weight 4.13 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 135o, 5th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 27 Jun 363 - 16 Feb 364 A.D.; obverse D N IOVIANVS PEP AVG, pearl diademed draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE (security of the Republic), Roma holding spear, and Constantinopolis holding scepter and foot on prow, enthroned facing, holding shield inscribed VOT V MVLT X, ANTE in exergue; Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear; rare; SOLD

Byzantine Empire, Constantine VIII, 15 December 1025 - 11 November 1028 A.D.

|Constantine| |VIII|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |VIII,| |15| |December| |1025| |-| |11| |November| |1028| |A.D.|, |histamenon| |nomisma|
Constantine VIII was crowned emperor when he was an infant; however, for his first 63 years of "rule" he was a junior emperor and rarely played even a minor role in state affairs. He spent his life in search of pleasure and entertainment, including spectator sports at the Hippodrome, feasting, riding and hunting. After his brother Basil II died, Constantine was sole emperor for nearly the last three years of his life. He carried on as he always had, enjoying life and avoiding state business as much as possible. Ineffective and cruel, he allegedly ordered the execution or mutilation of hundreds of innocent men.
BZ89541. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III part 2, 1.1; Wroth BMC 3, Morrisson BnF 3; Ratto 1969; SBCV 1815; Sommer 42.1, gVF, well centered and struck on a broad flan, attractive style, some bumps and marks, some die wear, holed, weight 4.370 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 15 Dec 1025 - 11 Nov 1028; obverse + IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhM (Jesus Christ, King of Kings), bearded bust of Christ facing wearing nimbus cruciger with straight arms and crescents in upper quarters, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, triple border; reverse +CWnSTAnTIn bASILEhS ROM (Constantine, King of the Romans), bust facing, with long beard, wearing crown and loros, labarum (no pellet on shaft) in left, akakia in right, triple border; from the Robert Watcher Collection; scarce; SOLD

Byzantine Empire, Justinian II, 10 July 685 - Late 695 and Summer 705 - 4 November 711 A.D.

|Justinian| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justinian| |II,| |10| |July| |685| |-| |Late| |695| |and| |Summer| |705| |-| |4| |November| |711| |A.D.|, |tremissis|
The portrait on this coin was based on an icon believed by the people of the time to bear a miraculous resemblance to Christ's actual appearance.
SH73340. Gold tremissis, DOC II part 2,, 2nd reign, 6b; Wroth BMC 4; Morrisson BnF 16; Tolstoi 7; Ratto 1708; Hahn MIB 6b; Sommer 17.5; SBCV 1421, EF, lustrous, crowded flan, holed, weight 1.292 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 2nd reign, with Tiberius, 705 - 711 A.D.; obverse D N IhS ChS REX REGNANTIYM, bust of Christ facing, short curly hair, short beard, wearing pallium and colobium, Gospels in left, cross behind head; reverse dN IYSTINIAN ET TIbERIYS P P A (Tiberius' name blundered), Justinian on left and Tiberius on right, half-length facing, each wearing crown, divitision and chlamys, holding cross potent in center; for this extraordinary type, since 2000 only 8 auction sales are recorded on Coin Archives Pro; rare; SOLD

Byzantine Empire, Basil II Bulgaroktonos and Constantine VIII, 10 January 976 - 15 December 1025 A.D.

|Basil| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Basil| |II| |Bulgaroktonos| |and| |Constantine| |VIII,| |10| |January| |976| |-| |15| |December| |1025| |A.D.|, |histamenon| |nomisma|
The side with Christ's bust facing is slightly incuse and should probably be considered the reverse (it is described that way by Wroth).
SH70975. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III part 2, 6a.1 (same rev die, also holed); Morrisson BnF 15 (same obv die); Wroth BMC 13; Ratto 1944; Sommer 41.3; SBCV 1800, VF, holed, edge hammered, weight 4.362 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, die axis 225o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1005 - 15 Dec 1025; obverse + IhS XPS REX REGNANTIhM, bust of Christ facing, nimbus cruciger with seriffed ends to arms of cross and crescents in upper quarters, wearing pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, triple dot border; reverse + bASIL C CONSTANT, facing crowned busts of Basil (on left) wearing square pattern loros, manus Dei (hand of God) above, and Constantine wearing jeweled chlamys, both hold long plain cross between them, triple border; ex La Galerie Numismatique (London); SOLD

Pulcheria, Augusta 4 July 414 - July 453 A.D.

|Pulcheria|, |Pulcheria,| |Augusta| |4| |July| |414| |-| |July| |453| |A.D.|, |tremissis|
Hailed as Augusta at 15 years old, Pulcheria was the true ruler during her brother's reign from 414 to 450 A.D. She was responsible for destruction of all Pagan temples in the Mediterranean. This type was minted during the reign of her husband, Marcian. At age 51, she selected Marcinian as the successor of her brother, Theodosius II. She married him to legitimize his rule, however, Pulcheria remained chaste.
SH32227. Gold tremissis, RIC X Marcian 521 (R3); DOCLR 446; Depeyrot p. 251, 72/4; SRCV V 21256, aVF, jewelry solder, weight 1.449 g, maximum diameter 15.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 24 Aug 450 - Jul 453 A.D.; obverse AEL PVLCHERIA AVG, diademed and draped bust right; reverse cross in wreath (wreath ties 14), CONOB* in exergue; very rare; SOLD

Egyptian, Iridescent Glass Scaraboid with Incuse Sphinx, Late Period, 1085 - 345 B.C.

|Malloy| |Glass|, |Egyptian,| |Iridescent| |Glass| |Scaraboid| |with| |Incuse| |Sphinx,| |Late| |Period,| |1085| |-| |345| |B.C.|,
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AM32563. Scaraboid with incuse sphinx, Superb, 1.2 cm (1/2") long, clear green glass, highly iridescent silver and rainbow colors, holed for stringing; very rare; SOLD

German States, Nuremberg(?), Gold Taufmedaille (Baptismal Medal), Mid-18th Century

|Gold| |Coins|, |German| |States,| |Nuremberg(?),| |Gold| |Taufmedaille| |(Baptismal| |Medal),| |Mid-18th| |Century|, |medal|
We were unable to find another example of this taufmedaille online.
SH73973. Gold medal, VF, holed for suspension, a few bumps, weight 2.795 g, die axis 0o, Nuremberg(?) mint, mid-18th century; obverse The Nativity, the Star of Bethlehem above, angel above manger on far left, two magi kneel with gift to the left of infant Christ, the Virgin and St. Joseph, with bull behind on right, stone tower to right; reverse The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan, John the Baptist on shore to left with pyramid behind him, two angels on right with and a palm tree behind them, above the dove of the Holy Spirit in rays; ex CNG e-auction 345, part of lot 735; ex Patrick H. James Collection; rare; SOLD

Mark Antony, Triumvir and Imperator, 44 - 30 B.C.

|Marc| |Antony|, |Mark| |Antony,| |Triumvir| |and| |Imperator,| |44| |-| |30| |B.C.|, |denarius|
Sol's radiate crown has been inexplicably erased by gouging and scratching. It is difficult to fathom why. Was some Roman angry because Sol failed to answer his prayer? Was it a devote of Apollo who felt that Sol was a false sun god? Did a devote of Sol take his wife as a lover? Who knows?
SH89840. Silver denarius, BMCRR II East 89 (also beardless, smaller head), RSC I 70a, Crawford 496/3, Sear CRI 129, Sydenham 1169 (very scarce), SRCV I 1468, aVF, the radiate crown of Sol has been inexplicably erased by gouging and scratching, edge cracks, weight 3.673 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, Autumn 42 B.C.; obverse bare head of Mark Antony right, beardless, small head, IMP upward over lituus behind; reverse M ANTONIVS III VIR R P C (clockwise from upper right), radiate head of Sol right; military mint traveling with Antony in Greece and Asia; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 73 (6 Jan 2019), lot 443; this is the first example of this smaller head variety handled by Forum; very rare; SOLD


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