Re: Roman (and other) numismatic marks

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Wed Jun 09 2004 - 05:41:57 CDT

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    At 00:40 -0700 2004-06-09, Doug Ewell wrote:

    >More importantly, mint marks, like currency signs, are indivisible
    >entities. They aren't just ordinary letters with a combining mark, the
    >way is just an N with a tilde over it. Take a look at the Web page
    >James cited, with its screen shot of a numismatic database. You will
    >see many mint mark images that cannot be created from any combination of
    >existing Unicode characters.

    But if some of them can?

    >This is not an open-ended collection of glyphs.

    I find that hard to believe.

    >Coins, and ancient coins in particular, have
    >been studied and categorized for centuries by
    >experts, investors, and enthusiasts alike.
    >There is widespread agreement as to which "glyph
    >variations" represent the same abstract mint

    What are the authoritiative printed sources listing them exhaustively?

    Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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