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

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

  1. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    A great reply Doug.

    Thanks :)
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  3. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    Nero counermarked

    Here is an odd countermark on a coin of Nero:
    Nerocountermarkobvsm.jpg Nerocountermarkrevsm.jpg

    Nero, 54-68 AD, 10.09 grams, with odd countermark, which may be barbarous, but is not any known countermark and it is not in letters which are Latin. I don't know what to make of it. Do you have any ideas?
  4. Rudi Smits

    Rudi Smits Member

    Hmm I couldn't resist to post 2 c/m coins of my fav Roman... Claudius / Britannicus AE23 Thessalonika, Macedonia. RPC 1588... I've seen only very few of this type without c/m...
    528537l.jpg b7938.jpg
  5. Rudi Smits

    Rudi Smits Member

    ...and a scarce Germanicus with 'NCAPR' c/m by Nero...
  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Nice coins Rudi.

    I wish I could answer your question Valentinian. That is one intriguing countermark.
  7. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Wow => those are some fantastic recent coin-additions, comrades!! (very interesting examples)

    ... please keep 'em coming!! (great effort)

  8. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I also find Valentinian's c/m mysterious and regret not having seen it before.

    I'll add the common NCAPR but this one on a Nero Claudius Drusus sestertius.
  9. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    It looks vaguely like various ancient Semitic alphabets, which have their roots in the even older Phoenician. I see (perhaps) tet or ayin, pe, gimel. I'll have to compare it to my lexicons when I get a chance.
  10. Ardatirion

    Ardatirion Où est mon poisson

    Definitely Semitic. There are a few similar countermarks listed by Howgego, but this does not match.
  11. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    I can't get all of the marks to align perfectly with any one alphabet, but the stamp is crudely made, and that may be the trouble.
  12. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    285-265 BC
    Ptolemy II AE 27 mm. Head of Zeus, laureate, right / Eagle l., wings open; to l., shield; inscription. Trident countermark (Cyprusca. 265 BC.)

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  13. Valentinian

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  14. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    I admit that this coin & countermark are very similar to one of my earlier posts, but I feel that this new purchase is an even nicer lookin' coin!!?

    NOTE => I am going to post both of them again, kinda like a pose-down in body-building (Arnold vs The Hulk):

    First, my original Byzantine countermark:

    HERACLIUS AE 40 nummi follis
    Struck at Syracuse, Sicily
    Overstruck on a large follis of Anastasius from Constantinople

    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

    Next, "TODAY'S PURCHASE" ...

    Heraclius. Æ follies (Justin I countermarks)

    610-641 AD
    ca. 616/7-621/2
    Sicilian mint
    Diameter: 29 mm
    Weight: 12.77 grams
    Obverse: Crowned bust of Heraclius facing; to right, monogram; all within circular incuse
    Reverse: SCLs within circular incuse
    Reference: DOC 241b; MIB Km 4; SB 882
    Other: Brown patina. Overstruck on a follis of Justin I from Constantinople, SB 63. Countermark very fine, coin near fine

    Heraclius CM Justin I a.jpg Heraclius CM Justin I b.jpg

  15. Rudi Smits

    Rudi Smits Member

    I've rarely seen such high grade CM's ! NICEEEE !
  16. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  17. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Oh my God, I am totally outta control!!!

    => I just snagged another super-cool counterstamp!!!

    I really think this lil' bugger is pretty fricken cool!!!

    Clunia, Spain
    Diameter: 28 MM
    Weight: 13.9 GRAMS
    Obverse: TI CAESAR AVG F AVGVSTVS IMP, laureate head right, countermark of bull rushing right on Tiberius' neck
    Reverse: L IVL RVF T CALD CON T POMP LON P IVL NEP IIII VIR, Bull facing left, CLVNIA above, countermark of eagle's head on bull
    Other: AB-839

    Tiberius Counterstamp a.jpg Tiberius Counterstamp b.jpg Tiberius Counterstamp 1.jpg Tiberius Counterstamp 2.jpg

    => cheers, to my awesome coin-bros!! (thanks for your interactions => I love you guys!!)

  18. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    That's right => a big, fat animal-coin, mixed-up with some super-cool counterstamps!!!

    ahahahahahaha => man, it's kinda like runnin' with flaming scissors!!! (yeeeeehhaaaa!!!)
  19. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    => oh, and fricken rights I'm gonna count this coin as a Tiberius "check-mark"!!

    => cha-ching!!! (yup, that's "47")

  20. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Not the greatest Tiberius I've seen, but one of the more interesting for sure. Are you collecting countermarks now?
  21. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    => oh look, something shiny!!

    ... ummm, the beauty about being stevex6 is that there is absolutely no rules "and" there is definitely no rhyme, nor reason!!! (dawg, the countermarks are callin' me!!)

    I think that they're cool ... I hope guys are also enjoying my "walk-about!!?"

    Cheers brothers!!

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