What was the significance or function of the incuse punch marks on Archaic coins?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by lordmarcovan, Apr 22, 2021.

  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Particularly the quadripartite or “mill sail” punches? That question was asked in another thread and I realized I was a bit out of my depth.

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  3. The Trachy Enjoyer

    The Trachy Enjoyer Well-Known Member

    I believe it was to demonstrate the coin had good metal to the core (IE not fouree)
     
  4. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

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  5. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    I am no expert in this, but I think the "mill sail" punch may indicate the coin is worth 4 currency units. Beautiful coin, BTW. :)
     
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  6. Ryro

    Ryro They call me the 13th Caesar Supporter

    STUNNING coin Lord M:wideyed:!
    At its most base usage it holds the metal in place while being struck. And then we started getting artistic with it, adding letters, critters and design.
    Early on we were just trying to create a uniform standard for commerce. Then things got so artistic that we don't even know which was the reverse or obverse! Thank you very much Sicilian Celetors:artist::cigar:
    That's my two drachms worth:
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  7. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Great assortment! Couldn’t ask for a better demonstration of the variety in these punches.
     
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  8. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    I always wondered what was inside the punches on this one. Whatever’s going on in there looks more than random to me, somehow. Fish? Birds? Broccoli? Pareidolia? LOL

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