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Reading Roman Coin Inscriptions

The list below will help with reading most of the common inscriptions. Often, the coin will not be centered perfectly or letters will be missing (could also be caused by damaged dies, or a chip missing), however, that will not stop you from knowing what it is supposed to read if you learn some of […]

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

It is not very difficult to get a grasp on the various commondenominations used in theRoman Empire. Different periods used differentcoins, which can be distinguished by their sizes or appearance, asdiscussed below. The main metals, just like today, were gold, silver andcopper or bronze. It should be understood that this is a verycomplicated subject though, […]

Coin Rarity

Rarity is something that raises the eyebrows of most collectors. But it becomes somewhat less meaningful for ancient coins. It is easy to see why a modern coin will be worth a lot if there were few minted, or few remain in existence, given the large number of collectors who would all eventually like to […]

Coin Grade and Condition

When institutions present large exhibitions of iconic, deceased artists, their are
primary objective is often to ask, and answer a comically predictable question: “Why is this artist relevant today?” What generally follows is a battery of claims speeches, press release sand testimonials