Collectors Guide

About Rome’s Emperors

From the time of Augustus to the end of the 5th century AD Rome had around 150 emperors. Many are familiar with such figures as Constantine the Great (who by the Edict of Milan recognized Christianity and ended their prosecution), or Nero (

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How to build an Electrolysis Kit

Electrolysis is the fast lane of coin cleaning. What can easily take months with oil soaks you can do in minutes (seconds!) with this easily made contraption. Of course, with the extra power comes the risk of ruining your coin. Even with ca

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Coin Cleaning tips

In order to determine which is the most effective approach for a given coin first you should determine what type it is. Generally speaking, your uncleaned ancient coins fall under three types

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Cleaning Coins: Introduction

Welcome to the fascinating adventure of uncleaned ancient coins! We hope you will find this hobby as addictive and educational as thousands of others. With the Articles on our Website in your hands everything needed to turn an ancient piece

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Reading the Mint Marks

Knowing exactly where a specific coin was minted adds to the fun of collecting. Many familiar cities such as Rome, Alexandria or London (yes, London England!) had mints which made Roman Imperial coins.

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Mint Marks and Workshops

In addition to the mint mark, a workshop (also called the officina) mark may be present. Many cities would have several workshops where the coins were minted, and these workshop letters can be used to determine which one made the coins (som

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Introduction to Mint Marks

Mint marks are cool! They allow you to figure out in what city your coins were made. Roman mints beginning in the later years of the 3rd century AD ( 270 AD) started to use these marks, which became regular from the time of Diocletian, lat

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Translating the 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

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Reverse Legends

The reverse legends vary much more than the obverse ones. However, there are many interesting designs for the reverses, if you recall the section on collection themes. They could show the emperor standing alone or with some deity or personi

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