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A coin that has been punched-stamped (marked) with a design or letters is termed "countermarked".
Countermarks were applied to either certify foreign coinage as legal currency, to revalue the coin, to allow worn coins to remain in circulation or to tell that it has been tested for proper silver content ( similar to a test cut).
a large variety of marks, letters were used on Greek and Roman Coins as well as by other countries. Little is really know about may of these countermarks.
AE 22mm, 13.8 Grams
Greek Coin with two countermarks.
Obverse: Bust right SIGMA Countermark
Reverse: Figure seated left. ANCHOR Countermark.
Item Name: Greek countermarked coin.
AE 24mm , 13.1 Grams
Greek Coin of Seleucia
Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus right. FEMALE HEAD Countermark bottom.
Reverse: Zeus seated left holding Nike and Scepter, headdress of Isis before.
Item Name: Countermarked coin of Seleucia.
AE 28mm Half Follis, 5.3 Grams
Byzantine Coin Of JUSTIN II 565-578 A.D.
Obverse: DN IVSTINVS PP AVG, Justin on left and Sophia on right seated facing on double throne. Reverse: Large K, cross above, ANNO to left, to right CROSS Counterark.
Item Name: Justin II countermarked
AE 19mm, 5.6 Grams, SNG ANS 1003, Miletos Mint
Philip II of Macedon 359-336 B.C.
Obverse: Diademed head of Apollo right.
Reverse: Greek legend. Youth on horse right. Monogram below. THUNDERBLOT Countermark left
Item Name: Philip II countermarked
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