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Why do some coins have holes in them?
You might have come across an ancient coin with a hole in it before. Coins with holes in them are interesting because the hole lessens the value of the coin and takes time and effort to hole. So why were these ancient coins holed? Well, you are about to find out.
There are a few reasons for there to be a hole in a coin. It may have been purposely defaced. It may have been holed to be nailed on a wall or door to try and receive protection from the God or ruler that is shown on the coin. It may be used for decoration or a souvenir. Sometimes, the coi was holed to be threaded on to a piece of string to create jewelry. Or, it may have just been used as a piece of metal.
There are also different types of holed coins. There are coins with multiple holes. Some late Roman bronze coin with multiple holes in them. A theory for this is that the soldiers may have tied it onto their weapons fr extra protection or decoration. There are also coins with drilled holes in them. You can identify them by a little abnormality in the shape of the hole. There are also plugged holes in coins The plug tends to be of the same metal as the coin. Coins were also minted with holes on purpose. The most famous one of these are the Ancient Chinese coins. They were made with square holes because the hole made it easier to string when the hole was square.
There are also coins with holes and loops through the holes. The first example of this is the Bronze of Honorius during th 5th century. People have also used fakes for decoration because the fakes have no cash value, so this is the best use of them.
Holed coins can also be collected. There are many countries that have produced holed coins since the twentieth century. The countries are Australia,
Belgium,Belgian Congo,British West Africa,Congo,Denmark,East Africa,Egypt,Fiji, Finland,France,French Indochina,Greece,Greenland,Hungary,India,Indonesia,
Norway,Pakistan,Palestine,Papua New Guinea,Philippines,Poland,Romania,
Zambia. This should give you variety when looking for holed coins. I hope my article answered your question and thank you for reading.