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 Posted 02/26/2020  10:04 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add claudius 11 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Can I ask what does the letters on the field mean(on the reverse) are they mint marks eg.LE or LS. I believe the letters SC are something to do with proof that the coin is authentic ?

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 Posted 02/26/2020  12:21 pm  Show Profile   Check FVRIVS RVFVS's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add FVRIVS RVFVS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Bronze Roman Imperials were issued by the authority of the Senate of Rome
Augustus had taken personal control over the issuing of gold and silver
Bronze was essentially a token coinage
There are a very few exceptions where the S C appears on a silver imperial
There is some debate about the significance

Mint marks appear later during 3rd century emperor Aurelian
Silver content had been reduced to around 5% content
The corruption at the various mints required a method of knowing who was playing games with the inventories when the issues came out with 2% or lower !
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Many thanks
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 Posted 02/26/2020  2:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Quintillius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
S C = Senatus Consultum, by decree of the Senate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senatus_consultum
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