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Antoninus Pius Bronze Diobol?

 
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 Posted 07/06/2020  11:49 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This coin was listed as Roman, 1.5 cm in diameter and 9 gr. When it arrived today, it turned out to be 24 mm in diameter and 9.1 gr.

It appears to be a diobol of Antoninus Pius minted in Alexandria. The L I Z in the reverse fields would date it at 138 - 161 AD. (Emmett 1739.17) Emmett states that it was rare for Antoninus Pius on a diobol, and that these were issues for his regnal years of 12, 13, 16, 17, and 18.

The coin appears genuine, but is holed. On close inspection the hole in the coin looks to be very old. Why would anyone put a hole in a coin, but not deface it further?


Antoninus Pius, Alexandria, 138 - 161 AD.
Obverse: Laureate bust right. Reverse: Winged caduceus. Bronze. Diameter: 24 mm. Weight: 9.1 gr.
Edited by Novicius
07/06/2020 5:58 pm
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 Posted 07/06/2020  6:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chrsmat71 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Maybe someone decided to make a necklace?

I bet that's what they did with this one, considering the hole placement.



Sasanian Empire. Khosrau I. AD 531-579. AR Drachm O: Crowned bust right, Pahlavi script./R: Fire altar with ribbons and attendants; star and crescent flanking flames; RY date on left (regnal year 28, 558AD, mint signature on right, GU (Gurgon mint). 30 mm, 4.1 g

or Maybe some guy in an Alexandrian drinking establishment wanted to give AP a mouth?
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 Posted 07/06/2020  6:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Maybe someone decided to make a necklace?

That could be one reason @chrsmat71, but I'd have expected the hole to be closer to the edge as it is in your coin.

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Maybe some guy in an Alexandrian drinking establishment wanted to give AP a mouth?

That did make me smile.
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