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Mintmarks -- a clever mintmark for Cyzicus (Kyzikos)


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Early Byzantine coins have the numeral of the denomination prominently on the reverse. "K" is "20" in Greek; the denomination of this coin is 20 nummi. The mint of this coin is Cyzicus, "Kyzikos" in Greek. Note how the "K" the the denomination serves double-duty as the first letter of the mint abbreviation: KYZ.


Justinian, 527-565, struck year 15 = 541/2.
Sear 208. DOC (184).
MIBE 121a.

I invite you to show us an interesting mintmark. 



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Nice one! Here's mine: 

Justinian the Great, AE Follis

Justinian the Great AE Follis

Minted: 538 - 539 AD, at the Cyzicus Mint

Weight: 11.68g, Diameter: 32.8mm, Axis: 12H

Emperor, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right

Reverse: -,
Large K, ANNO to left, cross above, regnal year to right

Exergue: YZ

Provenance: Ex. eBay 2019

Reference: SBCV 208

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Many of the Roman provincial tetradrachms have interesting & unusual mintmarks. I'll post a few from my collection ☺️. The mintmarks on these coins are on the reverse between the legs of the eagle.



Shamash was the Sumerian god of the sun & divine justice.


The head of a ram was one of the mintmarks for Damascus.


Roman Judaea, Gaza, Caracalla, AD 198-217. Billon Tetradrachm: 12.49 gm, 27 mm, 12 h. Prieur 1685. The reverse has the sign of Marnas between the eagle's legs. Marnas was the equivalent of Varuna, the Indian god of the sea.


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