Reading Coin Legends

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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Obverse Legends & Emperor’s Name

It is easy to find the name of the emperor, which is the first step in attributing and dating a coin; it is usually stuck between the abbreviations IMP (Imperator) or DN (Dominus Noster = our lord) at the beginning of the legend and AVG (A

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Coin Legends Basics

Reading your Roman coins is a lot of fun and it will allow you to better understand what your coins are saying or what is being shown. The legends will often allow the dating of a coin, often the exact year of production, and finding the pl

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