Tricks of the trade: Coins of Gordian III from the Antioch Mint

One of the more awkward challenges of cataloguing a 3rd century coin hoard can be picking out which coins were minted at Antioch.  This is especially true for Gordian III (AD 238-244) Fortunately, in my job I have the luxury … Continue reading

Identifying Roman Coins: Coin Portraits

Whilst the inscriptions will be of huge assistance to identifying an ancient coin sometimes they are simply not legible, either through the steady wear of overuse or the ravages of spending nearly two thousand years in the soil: it’s a … Continue reading

A Roman Day at Tewkesbury

If you happen to be passing through Gloucestershire on the 26th of October why not make a diversion and bring your kids to Tewkesbury Museum for a Roman Day.  From 11-3 the Museum and myself will be hosting a day … Continue reading

Identifying Roman Coins: Deciphering Inscriptions

Inscriptions on coins can contain a vast array of information, and although ancient coins may not have the year so kindly marked upon them as modern coins do, they do provide some excellent dating criteria.  Roman inscriptions are very formulaic … Continue reading