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Signed Ancient Coins

Some of the finest master die engravers were famous in their own time and even cut dies for several cities. Only the most exceptional die engravers, and even then only rarely, were permitted to sign their work. Most of these "signatures" consist of only a few discrete letters, sometimes hidden in the hair but sometimes more prominent. Examples include KIM for Kimon, FRI for Phrygillos, and EY for Eukleidas.


Syracuse, Sicily, c. 415 B.C.; Signed by Phrygillos

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Superb style and signed by the master Phrygillos. Calciati referring to this type notes, "Coins exist signed by signed by Kimon (KIM), Phrygillos (ΦPI), Eukleidas (EY) and by an unknown engraver with the letter E (Eumenes?)." The signature on this coin is clear.
GI74382. Bronze hemilitron, Calciati II p. 47, 19 fr 4/7 (same dies); SNG ANS 412; BMC Sicily p. 182, 243; SNG Cop 696 (obv. symbol off flan); SGCV I 1186; HGC 2 1479 (S), gVF, beautiful green patina, some light corrosion, reverse 1/4 off-center but mostly on flan, weight 3.768 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 240o, Syracuse mint, c. 415 B.C.; obverse Head of Arethusa left, hair in sphendone inscribed ΦPI, downward dolphin behind; reverse four-spoked wheel, ΣY−PA divided by spoke across upper two quarters, dolphin head down and inward in each of the lower quarters; SOLD


Mark Antony, Triumvir and Imperator, Committed Suicide in 30 B.C.

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The moneyer, Marcus Junius Silanus, was the step-brother of Brutus, Caesar's assassin. According to Sear, this type and one other type by the same artist are the only Roman coin types signed by the artist engraver. The artists signature is a"P" concealed in the hair behind and below the ear. Click here to see a magnification of the signature.
RR05336. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1477, Crawford 542/1, Sydenham 1208, RSC 71, gVF, weight 3.65 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 270o, Athens mint, summer 32 B.C.; obverse ANTON AVG IMP III COS DES III III V R P C, bare head of Mark Antony right; reverse M SILANVS∑AVG / Q∑PRO∑COS, inscription in two lines straight across the field; SOLD


Massalia, Gaul (Marseilles, France), c. 4th Century B.C.

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GS01501. Silver obol, SGCV I 72 variety, De La Tour 687, Triton III 13, EF, weight 0.7 g, maximum diameter 9.5 mm, Massalia, Gaul (Marseilles, France) mint, obverse youthful head of Apollo right, sideburn whiskers are actually the letters ΠAP (with P retrograde), which is believed to be the artistís signature; reverse wheel with four spokes, M-A in two of the quarters; a masterpiece in miniature and one of the oldest signed works of art, very rare; SOLD







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