Roman Coin Mint Marks& Advice Please

Roman Coin Mint Marks& Advice Please

Post by Merritt E. Scot » Mon, 30 Apr 2001 03:00:34



Hi!
I Just bought my second Roman coin, and am working on
deciphering it.
The Obverse reads "DNVALLICINLICINIVSNOBC"
Obviously, it is from Licinius II, but beyond that, I need
help deciphering it.

On the reverse, below Jupiter Standing Flanked with an eagle
and a baptive are what appears to be the letters SMKA.
My assumption is that the SM refers to "Sacred Money", the K
refers to "Carthage" and what I think is an "A" is a Greek
Delta symbol, refering to the workshop it was made in.

Am I way off base here? This is a first for me....
A small image of it is at
http://www.angelfire.com/sc2/mes2/licin.html
Thanks!

Merritt

 
 
 

Roman Coin Mint Marks& Advice Please

Post by Merritt E. Scot » Mon, 30 Apr 2001 03:27:32


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>  http://www.angelfire.com/sc2/mes2/licin.html


 
 
 

Roman Coin Mint Marks& Advice Please

Post by Mike Dworetsk » Tue, 01 May 2001 00:23:58


Such a bronze coin is listed in Sears' Roman Coins and Their Values, but the
reverse exergue reads SMHA, could this be possible? If it is an H, this is
Heraclea (on shores of Bosporus).  They used alpha beta gamma delta for
workshops, indicating Eastern Empire, so I would have thought Heraclea is
more likely as Carthage was under the West, where the workshops were
labelled P, S, T, Q (prima, secunda, tertia, quarta).

 --
 Mike Dworetsky


Quote:
>   Hi!
>   I Just bought my second Roman coin, and am working on deciphering it.
>   The Obverse reads "DNVALLICINLICINIVSNOBC"
>   Obviously, it is from Licinius II, but beyond that, I need help
deciphering it.
>   On the reverse, below Jupiter Standing Flanked with an eagle and a

baptive are what appears to be the letters SMKA.
Quote:
>   My assumption is that the SM refers to "Sacred Money", the K refers to

"Carthage" and what I think is an "A" is a Greek Delta symbol, refering to
the workshop it was made in.
Quote:

>   Am I way off base here? This is a first for me....
>   A small image of it is at  http://www.angelfire.com/sc2/mes2/licin.html
>   Thanks!

>   Merritt

 
 
 

Roman Coin Mint Marks& Advice Please

Post by Marotta, Michael E » Tue, 01 May 2001 02:21:09


The standard introductory handbook originally by Zander Klawans and now reedited
by Kenneth Bressett and republished by Whitman costs $14.95 retail new. It lists
the most common inscriptions.  I have relied on it often for that and other
basic information about Roman numismatics.  For the most complete list of Mints
and Mintmarks, see the ROMAN COINS book by Wayne Sayles, part of his
multi-volume introductionary series on ancient numismatics.  To make my life a
little easier, I xeroxed Wayne's list and pasted it into the Klawans books to
make it easier to carry the information with me to shows and stores.

You can find Wayne Sayles's books for sale via the ANA, Krause, perhaps still
his link off the www.celator.com website. Wayne founded the Celator and still
writes a column for it every month.

"The most rational consecration of such an effort            
  and its fulfillment is found in a serious money prize."      
                                    Alberto Santos-Dumont                    

 
 
 

Roman Coin Mint Marks& Advice Please

Post by David Surbe » Sat, 05 May 2001 03:52:44


Merritt,

   The K is actually the mintmark of  Kyzicus (also known as Cyzicus),
which is now in Turkey.
There is a nice summary of mintmarks at
http://www.bitsofhistory.com/info/mints.html

   I believe your coin is (or is at least a variant of) Sear 3817.
There are a couple of these in the WildWinds DataBank at
http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/sear/s3817.html

     Best Regards,

         - Dave Surber

Quote:

> Hi!
> I Just bought my second Roman coin, and am working on deciphering it.
> The Obverse reads "DNVALLICINLICINIVSNOBC"
> Obviously, it is from Licinius II, but beyond that, I need help
> deciphering it.

> On the reverse, below Jupiter Standing Flanked with an eagle and a
> baptive are what appears to be the letters SMKA.
> My assumption is that the SM refers to "Sacred Money", the K refers to
> "Carthage" and what I think is an "A" is a Greek Delta symbol,
> refering to the workshop it was made in.

> Am I way off base here? This is a first for me....
> A small image of it is at
> http://www.angelfire.com/sc2/mes2/licin.html
> Thanks!

> Merritt