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Mint Errors

Ancient coins dies were hand engraved and the coins were hand struck. Significant variation is normal and errors, including spelling errors, off center strikes, double strikes, etc. usually decrease, not increase, the value of ancient coins. On this page we will list only the more unusual errors, beyond those ordinarily expected.

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 104 - 76 B.C., Obverse Brockage

|Alexander| |Jannaeus|, |Judean| |Kingdom,| |Alexander| |Jannaeus| |(Yehonatan),| |104| |-| |76| |B.C.,| |Obverse| |Brockage||prutah|
A brockage occurs when a blank is struck with a previously struck coin which adhered to the opposite die. Click here to read a detailed explanation.

JD94909. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1150b, Meshorer TJC K11, Sofaer Collection 229, F, obverse brockage, crackled green patina, small edge crack, weight 1.868 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Yehonatan the king" between rays; reverse incuse of obverse; from the Ray Nouri Collection; very rare; $160.00 (131.20)


Judaean Kingdom, Hasmonean Dynasty (Maccabees), c. 104 - 37 B.C., Reverse Brockage

|Mint| |Errors|, |Judaean| |Kingdom,| |Hasmonean| |Dynasty| |(Maccabees),| |c.| |104| |-| |37| |B.C.,| |Reverse| |Brockage||prutah|
A brockage occurs when a blank is struck with a previously struck coin which adhered to the opposite die. See brockage in NumisWiki for a detailed explanation.
JD84591. Bronze prutah, VF, both sides off center, weight 2.051 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, Jerusalem mint, obverse incuse of reverse; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns; SOLD


Late Roman Reverse Brockage, 8 March 364 - 24 August 367 A.D., Valens or Valentinian I

|Mint| |Errors|, |Late| |Roman| |Reverse| |Brockage,| |8| |March| |364| |-| |24| |August| |367| |A.D.,| |Valens| |or| |Valentinian| |I||AE| |3|
Interesting strike error, called a brockage. A brockage occurs when coin is stuck in a die and another coin is struck before it is removed. The obverse design on this coin was struck with the reverse of a coin stuck in the obverse die. Because it should be easy for the mint workers to spot a coin stuck in the obverse die (the anvil side), reverse brockages are rare.
ER60011. Bronze AE 3, RIC IX Siscia 7(a)ii or 7(b)ii, VF, nice green patina, weight 2.570 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 28 Mar 364 - 24 Aug 367 A.D.; obverse incuse of reverse; reverse SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE (security of the Republic), Victory walking left, wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand, ΓSISC in exergue; rare mint error; SOLD







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