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Ancient people would sometimes scratch their initials or other marks on their coins.
Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, 312 - 281 B.C., Babylonia, In the Name of Alexander the Great
Seleukos (Seleucus) founded the Seleukid Empire and the Seleukid dynasty which ruled Syria until Pompey made it a Roman province in 63 B.C. Seleukos was never one of Alexander the Great's principal generals but he commanded the royal bodyguard during the Indian campaign. In the division of the empire after Alexander's death Seleukos did not receive a satrapy. Instead, he served under the regent Perdikkas until the latter's murder in 321 or 320. Seleukos was then appointed satrap of Babylonia. Five years later Antigonus Monophthalmus (the One-eyed) forced him to flee, but he returned with support from Ptolemy. He later added Persia and Media to his territory and defeated both Antigonus and Lysimachus. He was succeeded by his son Antiochus I.GS91995. Silver tetradrachm, Houghton-Lorber I 82.2d, Price 3756, SNG Saroglos 649, MŁller Alexander 741, HGC 9 10f, SNG Cop -, SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Munchen -, VF, superb style in sculptural high-relief, light marks, graffiti on reverse upper left, tight flan, obverse off center, weight 17.110 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, die axis 90o, Mesopotamia, Babylon (Hillah, Iraq) mint, 311 - 300 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse Zeus AŽtophoros enthroned left, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, right foot drawn back, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, MI over crescent horns upward in left field, MYHP monogram within wreath under throne, AΛEΞAN∆POY downward behind, BAΣIΛEΩΣ in exergue; ex FORVM (2009); $450.00 SALE |PRICE| $405.00
In 650 A.D., the first Chinese paper money was issued.SH70058. Gold solidus, SBCV 953; Hahn MIB 20; Sommer 12.12; DOC II part 2, 16 var. (officina not listed); Morrisson BnF -; Wroth BM; Tolstoi -; Ratto -, VF, graffiti (includes KΓ obverse left, CEVHPOC = Severus in exergue), weight 4.386 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 225o, 4th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 650 - 651 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTINVS P P AVG, bust facing with short beard and moustache, wearing crown and chlamys, and holding globus cruciger; reverse VICTORIA AVGY ∆ (victory of the Emperor, 4th officina), cross potent on three steps, CONOB in exergue; scarce officina; SOLD
The actual denomination of this type is unknown. AE 2 means, bronze size 2. This is a modern designation used by Roman coin collectors. AE 2 is a larger denomination than most coins of the period (AE3s and AE4s).RL91661. Bronze maiorina, RIC IX Alexandria 6a, SRCV V 20001, LRBC II 2875, Cohen VIII 25, Hunter V -, VF, well centered, mild crackled corrosion, weight 5.661 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Alexandria mint, 9 Aug 378 - 25 Aug 383 A.D.; obverse D N GRATIANVS P F AVG, helmeted, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right holding spear; reverse GLORIA ROMANORVM (glory of the Romans), emperor standing facing in a galley left, head right, raising right hand, Victory seated at the helm steering, wreath left, ALEA in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; SOLD