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The E-Sylum: Volume 20, Number 46, November 12, 2017, Article 15

VOCABULARY TERM: HOT SHORTNESS

Dick Johnson submitted this entry from his Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Terminology. Thanks. For more about this particular coin, see the article elsewhere in this issue on the Scotney Castle collection. -Editor

Antonius Balbus coin overse Antonius Balbus coin reverse

What caused those notches around the edge of this coin? What’s the term for these? They are not clipped or cut out. It is from striking a heated blank of impure metal, particularly with high lead content. This is an extreme example. Normally such coins exhibit small multiple fissures.

Hot Shortness. Cracks or notches around edges of cast blanks (or cast objects) caused by different melting points of impurities. Ancient coins often display evidence of such hot shortness – they were often made of impure metal and the blanks were heated before striking. Low melting point metals, such as lead, were squeezed out during striking leaving the fissures around the edge.
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Wayne Homren, Editor

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