Blank Reverses

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  1. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    It always interesting to see Ancient Coins with so many cool reverses... HOWEVER, there are MANY that have BLANK reverses, and that distinguishes the coin as "different" or "unusual" from so many coins we know.
    vive la différence!

    See a few from my collection below that are blank... post yours!

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    INDIA Gandhara 6-5C BCE AR Shana or 1-8 Shatamana 15mm 1.4g Six armed Taxila symbol pellet between - Blank - Pieper 12 Rajgor Series 41


    China Qin 220-180 BC AE 12 Zhu Ban Liang Blank H7.7.JPG
    China Qin 220-180 BC AE 12 Zhu Ban Liang Blank H7.7


    Etruria Populonia 3rd C BCE AR 20 As 8.1g Metus Blank HN 152.jpg
    Etruria Populonia 3rd C BCE AR 20-Asses 8.1g Metus Blank HN 152


    India Matsya AR Vimsatika 650-600 BC stamped bankers.jpg
    India Matsya AR Vimsatika 650-600 BCE stamped bankers


    India Gandahara AR Bent Bar 11.3g  650-600 BCE RARE two dots - also have on BOTH sides VERY RARE.jpg
    India Gandahara AR Bent Bar 11.3g 650-600 BCE RARE two dots - also have on BOTH sides VERY RARE

    Please toss out and post your BLANK REVERSES!
     
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  3. roman99

    roman99 Well-Known Member

    Don't have a clue what this coin is, it might be a replica or fantasy coin for all I know, it looks like Greek silver.
     

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  4. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Man, I need to get one of those Gandharan bars that arent so curved! I hate that my Indian collection starts out with a blank because this one won't fit

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    Some more blank reverses...
    Gandhara 1/8 Shatamana
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    Avanti 1/4 karshapana, c. 350 BC
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    Saurashtra 1/4 karshapana, 4th century BC
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    Sindh kingdom, "Ha Si" large module damma, c. 500-600?
    Sindh AR Ha Si dots.jpg

    Yadavas, anonymous AR damma, c. 800?
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    Better than one blank side, is two?
    Asia minor, EL 1/48 stater, proto-coin weight or unstruck planchet
    Electrum blank.jpg
     
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  5. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Very neat!
     
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  6. ancientcoinguru

    ancientcoinguru Supporter! Supporter

    Nice coins everyone! Here is my only coin with a blank reverse:

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    4th-3rd century BC
    Etruria Uncertain Mint
    AR 10 units (c 4 gm)
    Obv: Laurel head of Apollo(?) left, hare behind
    Rev: plain
     
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  7. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    kool idea for a thread Brian...i think i got some that qualify on BOTH sides..:p
     
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  8. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    :D postem! I have an underprivileged Octavian!

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    RI Augustus Quinarius - possibly Asia Recepta - blank wore-off-rev
     
  9. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    Victorinus antoninianus with a completely blank reverse. No evidence of anything ever being there. victorinus27.jpg
     
  10. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    @Terence Cheesman , now THAT is a cool coin! Mine looks like coin with the reverse rubbed off, yours looks unstruck.
     
  11. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    Yes I have always wondered if it was some kind of trial piece. It currently resides in the "what do I do with this box".
     
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  12. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Two blanks got stuck to each other before they were struck. One received the obverse, the other the reverse. I'm still looking to reunite them...

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    ROMAN REPUBLIC
    AR Denarius, uniface error strike. 3.96g, 19mm. Rome mint, 109-108 BC. L. Flaminius Chilo, moneyer. cf. Crawford 302/1. O: Helmeted head of Roma right; behind, ROMA and below chin, X. R: Blank.
     
  13. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Amazing coin, always really liked that one, @zumbly !
     
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  14. ancientcoinguru

    ancientcoinguru Supporter! Supporter

    I agree with Brian, that is one amazing coin @zumbly!
     
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  15. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    To my eye, the zumbly and Terence Cheesman blanks were both caused by the same 'two blanks stuck' situation. Both show the same raised area where the two did not align exactly. Mine is a Valerian.
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    Now the big question is why we don't have a blank obverse example since one would have been created with each blank reverse. Perhaps that second one stuck in the reverse die and was restruck??? Perhaps there was a rule that a coin had to have an obverse to be legal tender but one with no reverse was no problem??? Would we not love to have a rule book issued to cover the operations of a mint that spelled out all such matters?
     
  16. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    I've wondered the same thing myself. I regret not trying for these two that were in yesterday's CNG:

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    The last three coins were part of a group lot that hammered for $45. I would have paid at least that much for them, but I don't know how high the other guy would have gone. Clio won both of those lots. :rolleyes:

    On the win side, I did manage to pick up one lot at yesterday's auction that will make us “Bavarian Collection” buddies. :) I hope the tags are intact!
     
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  17. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    If Doug Smith is correct about my coin and I think he is, then a long standing mystery has been solved. Now i can move it along.
     
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  18. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    To me, the coolest thing was Victor Failmezger reassembling business cards etc. from which the tags had been cut. Many tags were mostly blank but some had identifiable printing. My personal favorite was the one I got that had part of a German stamp from the letter envelope that was cut to make the 2x2. I wish I had bought a lot from that sale but in those days I was buying mostly denarii and he had rather few of interest.
    http://www.forumancientcoins.com/dougsmith/feac16.html [​IMG]
     
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  19. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    It'll be at least two weeks before I receive it, but my anticipation is running high! And I suppose even if the tags and envelope are no longer there, it won't be a total loss... there's still the coin! :D
     
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