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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.

Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.||antoninianus|
In 280, Julius Saturninus, the governor of Syria, was made emperor by his troops. Probus besiege him at Apamea, where he was captured and executed.
RL94825. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 921C, SRCV III 11960, Cohen VI 87, Pink VI-1, p. 40, 2, Hunter IV 340 var. (2nd officina), F, earthen encrusted, ragged edge, reverse die wear, holed, weight 3.971 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 280 - 281 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CLEMENTIA TEMP (time of peace and calm), emperor standing right, holding eagle tipped scepter, receiving globe from Jupiter standing left holding long scepter, A in center, XXI in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $32.00 SALE PRICE $28.80


|Holed| |&| |Modified|, |Judean| |Kingdom,| |Herod| |Agrippa| |I,| |37| |-| |44| |A.D.||prutah|
JD28900. Bronze prutah, Hendin 6274, Meshorer TJC 120, RPC I 4981, SNG ANS 262, Sofaer 153, aVF, holed, weight 1.880 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 315o, Jerusalem mint, 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse AΓPIΠA BACIΛEWC (King Agrippa), umbrella-like canopy with fringes; reverse three heads of barley between two leaves, L - Σ (year 6) divided across field; SOLD


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D., Unofficial Barbaric (Pannonian Tribes?)

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.,| |Unofficial| |Barbaric| |(Pannonian| |Tribes?)||solidus|
In Roman Imperial Coinage, on page 473, in the section on Sirmium, footnote 42 says, "In L. [London=British Museum] an irregular SECVPITAS PEI-PETVAE, obv. CONSTNATTI-VAS P F NNG, Bust B1, m.m. SINN, 3.71 gm." Our coin is apparently from the same dies. Certainly unofficial, perhaps this coin was struck by a Pannonian tribal mint?
SH94406. Gold solidus, RIC VII Sirmium 42 var. (British Museum specimen of same irregular variant noted), gF, well centered, blundered legends and mintmark, pale gold, light scratches, probably holed and filled, weight 4.100 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial mint, c. 324 - 325 A.D.; obverse CONSTNATTI-IIAS P F NNG, laureate head right; reverse SECIIPITAS PEI-PETVAE, Emperor standing left, in military attire, right hand crowning trophy of captured arms erected before him, transverse scepter in left hand, shield and cuirass(?) left of base of trophy, SINN in exergue; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Constantine VIII, 15 December 1025 - 11 November 1028 A.D.

|Constantine| |VIII|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |VIII,| |15| |December| |1025| |-| |11| |November| |1028| |A.D.||histamenon| |nomisma|
Constantine VIII was crowned emperor when he was an infant; however, for his first 63 years of "rule" he was a junior emperor and rarely played even a minor role in state affairs. He spent his life in search of pleasure and entertainment, including spectator sports at the Hippodrome, feasting, riding and hunting. After his brother Basil II died, Constantine was sole emperor for nearly the last three years of his life. He carried on as he always had, enjoying life and avoiding state business as much as possible. Ineffective and cruel, he allegedly ordered the execution or mutilation of hundreds of innocent men.
BZ89541. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III-2 1.1; Wroth BMC 3, Morrisson BnF 3; Ratto 1969; SBCV 1815; Sommer 42.1, gVF, well centered and struck on a broad flan, attractive style, some bumps and marks, some die wear, holed, weight 4.370 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 15 Dec 1025 - 11 Nov 1028; obverse + IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhM (Jesus Christ, King of Kings), bearded bust of Christ facing wearing nimbus cruciger with straight arms and crescents in upper quarters, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, triple border; reverse +CWnSTAnTIn bASILEhS ROM (Constantine, King of the Romans), bust facing, with long beard, wearing crown and loros, labarum (no pellet on shaft) in left, akakia in right, triple border; from the Robert Watcher Collection; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Justinian II, 10 July 685 - Late 695 and Summer 705 - 4 November 711 A.D.

|Justinian| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justinian| |II,| |10| |July| |685| |-| |Late| |695| |and| |Summer| |705| |-| |4| |November| |711| |A.D.||tremissis|
The portrait on this coin was based on an icon believed by the people of the time to bear a miraculous resemblance to Christ's actual appearance.
SH73340. Gold tremissis, DOC II-2, 2nd reign, 6b; Wroth BMC 4; Morrisson BnF 16; Tolstoi 7; Ratto 1708; Hahn MIB 6b; Sommer 17.5; SBCV 1421, EF, lustrous, crowded flan, holed, weight 1.292 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 2nd reign, with Tiberius, 705 - 711 A.D.; obverse D N IhS ChS REX REGNANTIYM, bust of Christ facing, short curly hair, short beard, wearing pallium and colobium, Gospels in left, cross behind head; reverse dN IYSTINIAN ET TIbERIYS P P A (Tiberius' name blundered), Justinian on left and Tiberius on right, half-length facing, each wearing crown, divitision and chlamys, holding cross potent in center; for this extraordinary type, since 2000 only 8 auction sales are recorded on Coin Archives Pro; rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Basil II Bulgaroktonos and Constantine VIII, 10 January 976 - 15 December 1025 A.D.

|Basil| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Basil| |II| |Bulgaroktonos| |and| |Constantine| |VIII,| |10| |January| |976| |-| |15| |December| |1025| |A.D.||histamenon| |nomisma|
The side with Christ's bust facing is slightly incuse and should probably be considered the reverse (it is described that way by Wroth).
SH70975. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III-2 6a.1 (same rev die, also holed); Morrisson BnF 15 (same obv die); Wroth BMC 13; Ratto 1944; Sommer 41.3; SBCV 1800, VF, holed, edge hammered, weight 4.362 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, die axis 225o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1005 - 15 Dec 1025; obverse + IhS XPS REX REGNANTIhM, bust of Christ facing, nimbus cruciger with seriffed ends to arms of cross and crescents in upper quarters, wearing pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, triple dot border; reverse + bASIL C CONSTANT, facing crowned busts of Basil (on left) wearing square pattern loros, manus Dei (hand of God) above, and Constantine wearing jeweled chlamys, both hold long plain cross between them, triple border; ex La Galerie Numismatique (London); SOLD


Pulcheria, Augusta 4 July 414 - July 453 A.D.

|Pulcheria|, |Pulcheria,| |Augusta| |4| |July| |414| |-| |July| |453| |A.D.||tremissis|
Hailed as Augusta at 15 years old, Pulcheria was the true ruler during her brother's reign from 414 to 450 A.D. She was responsible for destruction of all Pagan temples in the Mediterranean. This type was minted during the reign of her husband, Marcian. At age 51, she selected Marcinian as the successor of her brother, Theodosius II. She married him to legitimize his rule, however, Pulcheria remained chaste.
SH32227. Gold tremissis, RIC X Marcian 521 (R3); DOCLR 446; Depeyrot p. 251, 72/4; SRCV V 21256, aVF, jewelry solder, weight 1.449 g, maximum diameter 15.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 24 Aug 450 - Jul 453 A.D.; obverse AEL PVLCHERIA AVG, diademed and draped bust right; reverse cross in wreath (wreath ties 14), CONOB* in exergue; very rare; SOLD


Valentinian I, 25 February 364 - 17 November 375 A.D.

|Valentinian| |I|, |Valentinian| |I,| |25| |February| |364| |-| |17| |November| |375| |A.D.||solidus|
SH11124. Gold solidus, RIC IX Constantinopolis 5(a), VF, holed and filed, weight 4.218 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 25 Feb 364 - 24 Aug 367 A.D.; obverse D N VALENTINIANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS ROMANORVM (courage of the Romans), Valentinian and Valens stand facing, heads towards each other, each holds a spear in outer hand and together a Victory on globe who crowns them, CONS between branches in exergue; rare (RIC R2); SOLD


Valens, 28 March 364 - 9 August 378 A.D.

|Valens|, |Valens,| |28| |March| |364| |-| |9| |August| |378| |A.D.||solidus|
SH26048. Gold solidus, RIC IX Constantinopolis 5(b), Choice VF, holed, weight 4.401 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinopolis (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 28 Mar 364 - 24 Aug 367 A.D.; obverse D N VALENS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS ROMANORVM (courage of the Romans), Valentinian and Valens stand facing, heads towards each other, each holds a spear in outer hand and together a Victory on globe who crowns them, CONSP in exergue; rare (R2); SOLD


Valens, 28 March 364 - 9 August 378 A.D.

|Valens|, |Valens,| |28| |March| |364| |-| |9| |August| |378| |A.D.||solidus|
SH39473. Gold solidus, RIC IX Antioch 2(d)xxix2, F, holed, weight 4.583 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 165o, 5th officina, Antioch mint, 28 Mar 364 - 24 Aug 367 A.D.; obverse D N VALENS PER F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse RESTITVTOR REIPVBLICAE, emperor standing facing, head right, standard decorated with cross in right, Victory on globe in left hand, ANTE* in exergue; SOLD







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