A Regulus denarius with two small incomplete holes

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Roerbakmix, Dec 9, 2019.

  1. Roerbakmix

    Roerbakmix Well-Known Member

    This poor, worn and crystallized Regulus denarius has been in my collection for a while. I have a question regarding the two holes in the reverse: are these banker marks, or is there another explanation?
    Any thoughts appreciated!
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    ROMAN REPUBLIC, Regulus
    Denomination: AR denarius, minted: Rome, Italy; 42 BC
    Obv: L•REGVLVS •P R• Bare head of L. Livineius Regulus to right
    Rev: REGVLVS•F, in exergue: PRAEF•VR Curule chair between two fasces.
    Weight: 3.29g; Ø:17mm
    Catalogue: Babelon (Livineia) 8. Crawford 494/31. RBW 1736. Sydenham 1113
    Provenance: Ex private collection; acq.: 12-2018
     
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  3. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Smiles, everyone! Supporter

    I’ll take a stab at it, @Roerbakmix , as unlikely as my idea may be, someone may have converted the coin into a button and the holes could be anchor points for a metal loop which has disappeared. Whatever adhesive residue was left behind may have been cleaned away by the elements or removed by a previous owner.

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  4. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Use as a button would be my guess as well.
     
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