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Graffiti on Ancient Coins

Ancient people would sometimes scratch their initials or other marks on their coins.

|Graffiti|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constans| |II,| |September| |641| |-| |15| |July| |668| |A.D.||solidus|
In 650 A.D., the first Chinese paper money was issued.
SH70058. Gold solidus, SBCV 953; Hahn MIB 20; Sommer 12.12; DOC II part 2, 16 var. (officina not listed); Morrisson BnF -; Wroth BM; Tolstoi -; Ratto -, VF, graffiti (includes KΓ obverse left, CEVHPOC = Severus in exergue), weight 4.386 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 225o, 4th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 650 - 651 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTINVS P P AVG, bust facing with short beard and moustache, wearing crown and chlamys, and holding globus cruciger; reverse VICTORIA AVGY ∆ (victory of the Emperor, 4th officina), cross potent on three steps, CONOB in exergue; scarce officina; SOLD


|Graffiti|, |Gratian,| |24| |August| |367| |-| |25| |August| |383| |A.D.||maiorina|
The actual denomination of this type is unknown. AE 2 means, bronze size 2. This is a modern designation used by Roman coin collectors. AE 2 is a larger denomination than most coins of the period (AE3s and AE4s).
RL91661. Bronze maiorina, RIC IX Alexandria 6a, SRCV V 20001, LRBC II 2875, Cohen VIII 25, Hunter V -, VF, well centered, mild crackled corrosion, weight 5.661 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Alexandria mint, 9 Aug 378 - 25 Aug 383 A.D.; obverse D N GRATIANVS P F AVG, helmeted, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right holding spear; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM (glory of the Romans), emperor standing facing in a galley left, head right, raising right hand, Victory seated at the helm steering, wreath left, ALEA in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.

|Constans| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constans| |II| |and| |Constantine| |IV,| |13| |April| |654| |-| |15| |July| |668| |A.D.||solidus|
In 655, Constans II personally commanded the Byzantine fleet of 500 ships in the Battle of the Masts. He sailed to the province of Lycia (Turkey) in the southern region of Asia Minor. The two forces meet off the coast of Mount Phoenix, near the harbour of Phoenix (modern Finike). The Arabs under Abdullah ibn Sa'ad were victorious, but losses were heavy for both sides. Constans barely escaped back to Constantinople.
SH70031. Gold solidus, DOC II part 2, 27f; SBCV 961; Hahn MIB III 27; Sommer 12.20; Morrisson BnF -; Wroth BMC -; Tolstoi -; Ratto -, aEF, graffiti on obverse and reverse, weight 4.436 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, 8th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 654 - 659 A.D.; obverse d N CONSTANTINuS E CONSTAI, facing busts of Constans & Constantine IV (beardless) each wearing crown and chlamys, cross between their heads; reverse VICTORIA AVGY H (victory of the Emperor, 8th officina), cross potent on three steps, CONOB+ in ex; SOLD







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