Roman Republic. Anonymous struck Semuncia. ca. 215 to 211 BC. ONE VERY UNUSUAL FEATURE.

Ancient Coins - Roman Republic. Anonymous struck Semuncia. ca. 215 to 211 BC.  ONE VERY UNUSUAL FEATURE.
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Denomination : Bronze Semuncia.

Reference : Sear-621 Cr. 41/11.  Syd. 109.  MBCRR I, p. 25, 165.

Size : 18.0 x 18.3 mm.  Weight : 4.69 grams.

Grade : XF with a glossy green patina.  The obverse is nicer than the image shows.

Obverse : Head of Mercury right, wearing a winged petasus.

Reverse : Prow of a galley right, with ROMA above.

The very unusual feature on this coin, is that there are three pellets to indicate an quadrans in front of the galley.  At a glance one might think the three pellets are simply patination artifacts, but on closer examination they appear to actually be pellets.  Two of the pellets are very low relief and suggest there was some attempt to erase them from the die, although that might have also happened with the coin was cleaned. The third pellet is quite bold.

Quadrans with the Mercury head exist (see Sear #1059 and #1060) but they are heavier and also have three pellets by the Mercury head.  The lack of any pellets by the Mercury head, and the weight standard, togeather show this coin was struck as a Semuncia.

This may have been a case of the celator cutting a Semuncia reverse die, taking a break for it was finished, and then when getting back to it getting mixed up and adding the three pellets to indicate a quadrans.  Since the die was too small to strike quadrans, it was used to strike semuncia inspite of the error.

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