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The Cyclops of Constantinople (Fun mis-struck/double struck coins)

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BEHOLD! The Cyclops of Constantinople!


Constantius Gallus, as Caesar, BI Centenionalis. Constantinople, AD 351-355. D N FL CL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust to right / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, soldier standing to left, holding round shield and spearing fallen horseman to lower left; Γ-• to either side of spear, CONSB in exergue. RIC VIII 107; LRBC 2029.

...well, actually he has another eye on the side of this head, so more than just one eye. But a Cyclops sometimes had more than one eye. Here's a fun link on the topic: https://sarahemilybond.com/2014/10/26/third-eye-blind-the-cyclops-in-late-antiquity/

The effect is much more apparent on the coin in-hand, I wish I could have captured it better in the photo. 

Anyway, "The Cyclops of Constantinople" sounds like the best book title ever. 


This coin that was going to go into the "Posts that don't deserve their own thread.... thread" but I figured it could lead to seeing your fun and mis-struck coins too.

So..... BRING OUT YOUR FREAKS OF NATURE AND MISSHAPEN FORMS! Let’s see your humorous mis-struck or double/triple struck coins!

AND… if you wish, post with your coin a name or title befitting of it’s freakishness.

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Tiberius (14 37 A.D.)

AR Denarius
O: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, Laureate head right,
R: PONTIF MAXIM, Female figure seated right, holding sceptre and branch.
Lugdunum Mint
RIC 26; BMC 34; RSC 16

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How about no eye?

Here's a coin which I kind of regret; a Trajan Decius Double Sestertius.  What I think happened; There was evidently a lot of corrosion/crud around the face and the eye was dug out.


Trajan Decius - AE Double Sestertius - RIC 115c RCV 9395 34.5 mm 21.3g

Oh well, it was the best I could afford and it got me in the door until I can get a better one.

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11 minutes ago, airhead1983 said:

This is, by far, my favourite of my brother’s coins. I bought it for him and it’s one of my proudest moments as a sister.




Wow! That’s a great coin! I love Beavis but that reverse is really cool. It looks like a barbarous fallen horseman struck over an earlier GLORIA EXERCITVS soldiers and standard(s) coin. Super cool!

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Love teh Picasso strike @Orange Julius - @airhead1983's coins awesome too.  I've shared my favorite 46 BC RR 180 Obverse Double Strike too often https://www.sullacoins.com/post/46-bc-180-obverse-double-strike

so here's an overstrike with clearly recognizable undercoin.


Mysia. Kyzikos. AE 29. 3rd Century BC

Obv: Prow to right

Rev: Bucranium; KYZI across fields; all within oak wreath. Ae. 13,89 g. Some areas of the metal chipped.

Overstruck on another type from Kyzikos (Von Fritze 10) Kore-Soteira/Bull - the prow leaving the outline of Kore and the butting Bull fairly completely turned into a wreath.  

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Hi All,

This one's reverse always reminded me of a snake-headed man.



HERACLIUS (5 Oct 610 - 11 Jan 641 CE)
EGYPT, ALEXANDRIA, Undated: ca 5 Oct 610 - 11 Jan 641 CE
Æ 6 Nummi
Size: 15x16 mm
Weight: 2.76 g
Axis: 10:00
Broucheion Collection B-2010-01-25.001

Obv: Cross on two steps. Indistinct legend. Solid border.
Rev: Large numeral S. Solid border.
Refs: Sear-862; DOC II.1, 198; MIB 3, 210; BNP, 69-76

Notes: Goodwin (Some Aspects of 7th C Egyptian Byzantine Coinage) : “The first dodecanummia issued under Heraclius show the emperor with his son Heraclius Constantine and therefore cannot be earlier than 613, the year that Heraclius Constantine was crowned. This leaves a surprising gap of
at least 3 years at the start of the reign with apparently no Egyptian coinage.

However, there is a[...] possibility for closing the gap at the start of the reign of Heraclius. The first type of Heraclian hexanummium [...], is often found overstruck on lightweight profile bust imitations. It is usually considerd as contemporary with the first dodecanummium and the legend is given in almost all catalogues as ddm hЄRACL… or similar, indicating two domini and therefore a date of 613 or later. However, the legend is almost always heavily blundered and in examining over 30 examples where the first part of the legend is visible I have been unable to find a single one which definitely begins ddm."

- Broucheion


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