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The Five Good Emperors: Rulers Who Transformed the Roman Empire

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, […]

The “legionary denarii” of Marc Antony

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 worth of the roman Denarius

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, Largest Roman coin hoard found in UK

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.

Reading Roman Coin Inscriptions

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, […]

Roman Mint Marks

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 […]

Roman Coin Denominations: Unity Details

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 […]

Roman Coin Denominations

Understanding the several popular denominations used in the Roman Empire is not very challenging. Coins from various eras can be differentiated by their sizes or look, as will be covered here. Similar to today, gold, silver, and copper or bronze were the primary metals. However, it should be noted that this is a very difficult […]

Coin Rarity

The eyebrows of most collectors are ideally raised by the rarity. However, for ancient coins, it becomes something less meaningful. It’s always convenient to witness why a modern coin will be worthy enough, if some were minted. Or some of them remain in existence, provided the huge sum of collectors that would always like to […]