If you are interested in ancient coins, you have probably heard of the Athenian owls, the silver tetradrachms that feature the head of Athena and her owl on the reverse. These coins are not only beautiful and iconic, but also rich in history and symbolism. In this blog post, I will tell you more about […]
The Roman Denarius was the main currency of the Roman Empire for over four centuries, from the late third century BC to the early third century AD. It was a silver coin that initially weighed about 4.5 grams and contained about 95% pure silver. However, over time, the Denarius underwent a process of debasement, which […]
The Roman Empire was one of the most powerful and influential civilizations in history. It spanned over a thousand years, from the 8th century BC to the 5th century AD, and covered most of Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia. The empire was ruled by a succession of emperors, some of whom were brilliant, […]
Marc Antony’s Legionary Denarii coins are one of the most popular and collectible ancient Roman coins. These coins were issued to pay the legions of Marc Antony and are called legionary denarii due to their advertisement of large military units. In this article, we will guide you through everything you need to know about these coins, including their history, design, and value.
The Roman Denarius was a standard silver coin that served as the backbone of Roman currency for over 500 years. Originally valued at 10 asse, the Denarius was introduced during the Second Punic War in 211 BC and was used until AD 238. However, continuous debasement caused its replacement by the Antoninianus. Despite its debasement, the Roman Denarius remains a valuable and sought-after artifact for collectors and historians alike.
The Rauceby Hoard is the largest recorded hoard of Roman coins found in Britain to date, discovered by a detectorist near Ancaster in July 2017. The hoard, consisting of 3,099 tetrarchic nummi dating from 294 to 307 AD, was found in a ceramic pot buried in a large oval pit. The hoard is believed to be a ceremonial or votive offering, providing further evidence for so-called ‘ritual’ hoarding in Roman Britain.
Roman coins are fascinating artifacts that tell us a lot about the history and culture of ancient Rome. They are also beautiful works of art that showcase the skill and creativity of their makers. In this blog post, we will explore the techniques and tools that the Romans used to produce their finely detailed and […]
The list underneath will help you to read among the common inscriptions. Either the letters on the coin would be missing or the coin won’t be perfectly centered. The absence of letters is maybe due to a missing chip or damaged dies. However, this still doesn’t stop you from knowing how it can be readed, […]
Introduction to Mint Marks Mint marks are definitely cool. After all, they enable you to find in which city were your coins made. The Roman mints started to get used in the 3rd century’s later years (270 AD). From Diocletian’s time, these marks became regular. On the very bottom of a reverse coin, that’s where […]
As [AE] : This denomination, meaning ’unity’, was a standard unit in Roman coinages initially. It was first struck c.280 BC. From the beginning of the Empire it was struck in pure copper, making it look yellowish, but by the end of the 3rd century AD it was bronze. Hence, asses usually appear darker than […]