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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.

Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II and Ptolemy Nios, c. 267 - 259 B.C.

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This is one of the first Ptolemaic coin types with the two eagles on a thunderbolt. Matt Kreuzer believes this symbolized two co-rulers in harmony. Ptolemy Nios was the nephew and step-son of Ptolemy II. Nios was co-regent with his father from c. 267 B.C. until 259 B.C. After he was removed as co-regent, he probably became ruler of Telmessos in Lycia.

Drachms of this period have a weight peak of c. 72 grams.
GP88268. Bronze drachm, Lorber CPE B217; Svoronos 437 (13 spec.); BMC Ptolemies p. 51, 50, pl. x, 6; Mionnet VI p. 30, 237; Weiser -; Noeske -, gF, holed, attractive brown-black tone, central cavities, weight 67.366 g, maximum diameter 40.2 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, c. 265 - 259 B.C.; obverse diademed and horned head of Zeus-Ammon right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King Ptolemy), two eagles standing left with closed wings on two thunderbolts, ∆ between the legs of the eagle on the left; ex Ora Eads Collection; ex CNG Sale 41 (19 Mar 1997), lot 1035 (part of), huge coin, over 67 grams!; scarce; $200.00 (Ä170.00)

Flavius Victor, c. 387 - 28 July 388 A.D.

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In England, where many siliquae are found clipped, silver Roman coins apparently continued to circulate long after the Empire abandoned the island. Clipping may not have been primarily intended to deviously obtain a little silver. Clipping may have actually been performed primarily to make the weight and value equivalent to contemporary coins in the medieval period.
SH90597. Silver siliqua, RIC IX Milan 19b (S), RSC V 6Ac, Cohen VIII 6 (15 Fr.), Hunter V 4, SRCV V 20670, VF, clipped, weight 0.919 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, die axis 180o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, c. 387 - 28 Jul 388 A.D.; obverse D N FL VICTOR P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS ROMANORVM (courage of the Romans), Roma seated facing on throne, head left, globe in right hand, reversed spear in left, MDPS in exergue; rare; SOLD

Bulk Lot 200 Holed Mostly Ancient Coins

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From the estate of an uncleaned ancient coin enthusiast. We pulled all the holed coins from his collection and put them in this one lot. Types include Greek, Roman, Judean, Byzantine, Islamic, medieval, and some modern. The lot includes at few silver coins but we did remove all the gold coins (just kidding, there were no gold coins).
LT74268. Bulk Lot 200 Holed Mostly Ancient Coins, 9.8mm - 35.4mm, coins in the photograph are a random sample from the lot; unattributed, no tags or flips, as-is, no returns; SOLD


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