Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by stevex6, May 28, 2013.
A great reply Doug.
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Here is an odd countermark on a coin of Nero:
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?
I wish I could answer your question Valentinian. That is one intriguing countermark.
Wow => those are some fantastic recent coin-additions, comrades!! (very interesting examples)
... please keep 'em coming!! (great effort)
I'll add the common NCAPR but this one on a Nero Claudius Drusus sestertius.
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.
Definitely Semitic. There are a few similar countermarks listed by Howgego, but this does not match.
Ptolemy II AE 27 mm. Head of Zeus, laureate, right / Eagle l., wings open; to l., shield; inscription. Trident countermark (Cyprusca. 265 BC.)
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
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.
Next, "TODAY'S PURCHASE" ...
Heraclius. Æ follies (Justin I countermarks)
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
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!!!
TIBERIUS AE As
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
=> cheers, to my awesome coin-bros!! (thanks for your interactions => I love you guys!!)
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!!!)
=> oh, and fricken rights I'm gonna count this coin as a Tiberius "check-mark"!!
=> cha-ching!!! (yup, that's "47")
Not the greatest Tiberius I've seen, but one of the more interesting for sure. Are you collecting countermarks now?
=> 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!!?"
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