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Graffiti on Ancient Coins

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

Byzantine Empire, Constantine VII and Romanus II, 6 April 945 - 9 November 959 A.D.

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The X following the obverse legend appears to be unpublished but one other specimen, with the X undescribed, is known from auction records. Another less rare variety with a paisley-shaped (floral?) ornament at the end of the obverse legend is also unpublished in references but known from auctions.
SH89539. Gold solidus, DOC III part 2, 15 var.; Morrisson BnF 37/Cp/AV/22 var.; Wroth BMC 60 var., SBCV 1751 var.; Sommer 36.9 var. (none with X at end of obv. leg.), F, clipped flan, graffiti obverse right field, weight 4.065 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 6 Apr 945 - 9 Nov 959 A.D.; obverse +Ihs XPS REX REGNANTIum X, bust of Christ facing wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, raising right in benediction, Gospels in left, three pellets in each limb of the cross; reverse COnSTAnT' CE ROmAn' AyGG BR, crowned facing busts of Constantine VII, in a loros on left, and his son Romanus II, in a chlamys, they hold a long patriarchal cross; from the Robert Wachter Collection; extremely rare variant; $518.00 (Ä440.30) ON RESERVE

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

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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

Trebonianus Gallus, June or July 251 - July or August 253 A.D.

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BB05504. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 48a, Cohen V 128, F, weight 2.59 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 251 - 253 A.D.; obverse IMP CAE C VIB TREB GALLVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse VICTORIA AVGG (victory of the two emperors), Victory standing left holding wreath in right and palm frond in left; rough, graffiti reverse left field; scarce; SOLD


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