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 Posted 02/16/2020  5:02 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Archeo1982 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I recently purchased this Roman provincial coin. This coin fascinated me because it has a capital M scratched in it.
I might be wrong, but maybe someone in the east Roman empire has adjusted the coin to make it pass for the then common currency.




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 Posted 02/16/2020  6:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add turtlefoot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I cannot help you at all with this coin, but I absolutely love it. The way that the 'M' is stamped into the coin is really unique.
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 Posted 02/16/2020  6:33 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like some one re-valued it as a follis. The large M = 40.
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 Posted 02/16/2020  9:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@ron, that was my first thought too, as the letterform of the M looks kinda Byaantine. I know that the Byzantines re-struck coins over older coins, but was this sort of thing really done?
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 Posted 02/16/2020  9:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very unique and cool looking coin. A repurposed Roman Provincial? Hmmmm - that's a great guess

Maybe something like this in modern day?
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 Posted 02/17/2020  06:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
- some 6th (or, less likely, 7th) century guy stumbled over this coin somehow (possibly in a hoard?) and scratched a M over it to make it pass as a follis.

I do wonder what it was originally. Can't make much sense of the legend.
I think I'm reading AYP C CEB on the obverse, which probably means Aurelian? I dunno. Might well be misunderstanding it.

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