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Gallery of Holed Coins - Index Page

These are my holed coin galleries:

Hellenic CoinsRoman Republican and Augustan CoinsFirst Century Roman CoinsSecond Century Roman CoinsThird Century Roman CoinsFourth Century Roman CoinsFifth Century Roman CoinsByzantine or Romaion Coins of Later CenturiesOther Holed Coins of Varying Origins and Times

Click here for an exploration of holed coins These pages of holed coins illustrate an interest of mine. Why would someone make a hole in a coin? The previous page looks at some of the possible reasons and types of hole.

Silver trihemiobol from Thasos A silver trihemiobol from Thasos in Thrace, 411-350 CE.

For the collector, a holed coin is more accessible than an undamaged one because it will cost less. This is a great opportunity. If the hole is well placed, all the important aspects of the coin will still be there, and there is added value for me in knowing that the coin has a history. And I'm not alone in seeing interest in this. On the page after this gallery is Pierre Monney's story of how he traced the recent history of one of his own holed coins.

Holed gold tremissis of the emperor Constans II A gold tremissis of the emperor Constans II, 647-651 CE.

To display one side of a coin reliably, a small metal loop would be fixed through the hole and used to attach the coin to (for example) a cord or necklace. Simply looping a cord through the hole would display either side at random. If someone has taken the trouble to adapt a coin like this, it usually means it was special to its owner in some way. This individuality makes these coins very interesting and intriguing.

Here, you can see the ancients from three or four directions at once. You can see the official messages to the people represented by the coins; the methods of manufacture, which give an indication of ancient technology; the way the holes were made gives another glimpse; and the choice of coins to use this way, and their patterns of wear, give that extra personal touch.

The content of this page was last updated on 14 April 2008.

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