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16 Aug 2020

Why Some Coins Have Holes in Them

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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 areAustralia,

Belgium,Belgian Congo,British West Africa,Congo,Denmark,East Africa,Egypt,Fiji, Finland,France,French Indochina,Greece,Greenland,Hungary,India,Indonesia,

Japan,Laos,Lebanon,Mongolia,Morocco,Nepal,Netherlands,New Guinea,Nigeria,

Norway,Pakistan,Palestine,Papua New Guinea,Philippines,Poland,Romania,

Spain,Syria,Thailand,Tunisia,Turkey,Vietnam,Yugoslavia, and

Zambia. This should give you variety when looking for holed coins. I hope my article answered your question and thank you for reading.



Level 7

That's why you see Jewelry stores selling coins. That's a red flag. One it's probably cleaned. Two it might be fake. Three there is a good chance the coin has been altered.


Level 6

I have a transportation token that has a triangular cutout. I assume it was for style since it was for Pittsburgh's trolley system and the Pittsburgh is kind of Triangular shaped, at least the downtown area.

I walked into a clock/jewelry shop one day looking if they might have something. Behold an AU details trade dollar with a diamond in it. The lady said she had gotten the coin from her grandfather and thought it looked better after she cleaned the coin and drilled a gem into it. She was only selling it for $100 too.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Ouch! Cleaned and a jewel added! Did you buy it Nub? I think I would have passed as to me it was ruined.


Level 6

I agree with I.R. Bama, it hurts to see a holed coin. Same with coins used as jewelry. Just my opinion. Unless you were a pirate climbing in the rigging, why do you need to wear the coins? Thanks.

personally, I prefer the latter type of holed coins; much better to be intended to have a hole, than to have one punched in after minting


Level 7

People use to wear them also.


Level 5

Ive been wanting to collect holed coins. Ive seen others show all there holed coins together. Would be fun to collect.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I'm always disappointed to see coins deliberately holed for jewelry. Intentional holes as part of the design are interesting though.

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