Do you know what this "B" Countermark might indicate?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Xodus, Nov 26, 2021.

  1. Xodus

    Xodus Well-Known Member

    Hey y'all. The coin itself runs 24mm. It's in dog poo condition with maybe a wreath on the back? The thing that stands out most is the "B" countermark in the second picture. I was hoping someone here could help me shed light on what this might represent. Thanks!

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  3. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Could be the greek numeral for 2, IE this was denominated to "2" of some denomination
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  5. romismatist

    romismatist Well-Known Member

    I believe that a lot of these worn Augustan/Tiberian As coins were typically used by the legions. Usually you see the "SC" coins with Tiberian countermarks like "TICAE" or "TCA". I have also seen this "B" countermark on coins with these countermarks, so I think it's of the same vintage. Some of these coin types even occur as contemporary forgeries with blundered legends and forged countermarks. The countermark was added to maintain the coin as legal tender within the peripheral military regions. I think they were used in Dacia during this period, although I am not certain.
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