Ancient => please bend over, say ahhhh, and show me your counter-marks!!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by stevex6, May 28, 2013.

  1. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Ummm, how 'bout we have a thread about "counter-stamps" ..... hey, that's a great idea!!!

    Cilicia, Tarsos AE22

    Circa 100 BC
    Diameter: 22 mm
    Weight: 9.78 grams
    Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, Countermark: Radiate head of Helios right (CM: Howgego 11? Hierapolis Phrygia circa 50AD)
    Reverse: "TAPSEWN" Pyre of Sandan in the form of a pyramid, Sandan on a lion within
    Reference: SNG Levante 951ff

    Cilicia Tarsos countermark a.jpg Cilicia Tarsos countermark b.jpg Cilicia Tarsos countermark c.jpg
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  3. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Kings of the Bosporus Sauromates II Æ26 Athena
    Date: 174-210 AD
    Size: 26.6 mm
    Weight: 9.55 grams
    Obverse: Diademed bust right
    Reverse: Athena seated left on throne, holding patera in right hand. Counterstamp of the bust of Septimius Severus
    Reference: SNG 67-68

    King of Bos Saur II aa.jpg King of Bos Saur II ab.jpg
  4. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Sauromates II Æ 144 Units
    Circa AD 174/5-210/1
    Dameter: 25 mm
    Weight: 9.64 grams
    Obverse: Diademed and draped bust right; rosette before
    Reverse: Eagle standing left, head right, holding wreath in beak; c/m: laureate head of Septimius Severus right, within circular incuse
    Reference: MacDonald 544/2; Anokhin 618a; for c/m: Howgego 63

    Kings of Borp Eagle counterstamp a.jpg Kings of Borp Eagle counterstamp b.jpg
  5. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    [h=2]HERACLIUS AE 40 nummi follis. Struck at Syracuse, Sicily. Overstruck on a large follis of Anastasius from Constantinople [/h]circa 622 AD or earlier
    Diameter: 33.5mm
    Weight: 13.6g
    Obverse: Facing bust of Heraclius, monogram-cross beside, all within 9mm countermarked circle, bust of Anastasius clearly identifiable underneath
    Reverse Large M from original undertype, mintmark CON overstamped with SCLS mintmark.

    syracuse heraclius countermark 2a.jpg syracuse heraclius countermark 2b.jpg

    => man, how fricken cool, eh?!!!

    => Bring It!!!
  6. Eng

    Eng Senior Eng

    Master Steve, awesome coins, i don't have any counter marks for your thread...:(
  7. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Attica, aegina

    Left side of turtle
  8. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Yours is so much better!
    Akragas c.405 BC
    Pantikapion star/bow 4th century
    Ephesis AE14 very small c/m under deer

    Persian Empire 9 c/m's? but the best is the owl obverse left
  9. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    P clodius mf turrinus roman republic
  10. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Pergamon 2nd-1st century BC - my favorite owl
    The bull of Ba'al (Luy) on Aspendos stater 4th century BC
    Same c/m on Tarsos (Datames satrap) stater

    Side, tetradrachm with Seleucid anchor c.200 BC?

    I believe this c/m is modern and possibly a Cyrillic N (H). Is it a collector cachet, museum mark or sign that it is 'nyet' good? The coin is a Mesembria diobol and ex-CNG a full 9 years after they were fooled by the Black Sea Hoard fakes so it should be good. I would really like to know the meaning of the c/m. Note the E is retrograde.
  11. SKI

    SKI Ooka Echizen Kawayama San

    Wow, those are some interesting coins. The counter marked Byzantine is my favorite.
  12. icerain

    icerain Mastir spellyr

    Interesting looking counter stamps. The really small one on the first coin looks really sharp.

    btw. Steve, your title is very misleading. For a minute I thought this thread was about an entirely different subject. :p
  13. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Wow guys, great looking coins!!
  14. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

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    Alex III of Macedon
  15. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    running man a.jpg running man b.jpg

    Persia AR Siglos
  16. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    i just posted this one not long ago, but lots of counter marks...this was given to me by i'll post for him to since he didn't have any :yes:



    heavily countermarked unknown coin, probably titus or tiberius...
    2 helmet countermarks(dots above), T??? in (TICA?), AVG, and dolphin countermak
  17. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    hercaclius and heraclius constantine countermarked coin, sicily mint..


  18. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah


    Shahanshah Khurso II
    AR Drachm
    Hepthalite Counterstamp

    A few Doug questions/comments.

    Such an interesting counterstamp...

    Know anything more Doug?

    Why does this one have so many counterstamps?

    Great Counterstamp!
  19. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

    The counter-marked coin depicted here reminds us of the final days of The Republic of Central America. This coin is an 1848 CAR ½ Real which was counter-marked to be legal tender in Costa Rica in 1849.

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  20. Ripley

    Ripley Senior Member

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    8 realies walked on in China
  21. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    The Akragas is from the time that the city was taken by Carthage so the C/M is probably a conversion of old city coins into the new rulers' system.

    The Persian is supposed to be a vertical oval coin but this one was struck crosswise making it look odd. I suspect that made it look possibly fake so it got tested by several merchants.

    I always wondered if the Ba'al c/m meant the coin had been given to the temple. Perhaps the same coin could only be dedicated once??? I have no idea!!!
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