My Denarius of Hadrian

Recently, I must admit, my posts have become somewhat infrequent and sporadic:  sometimes life simply gets in the way of writing.  Nevertheless life includes collecting and I would like to share one of my best recent acquisitions,  a denarius of … Continue reading

An Urbs Roma Nummus

A coin doesn’t have to be valuable to be beautiful and it is for this reason why, despite the few silver issues highlighted previously, that the majority of my collection are low value bronze denominations. A particularly good example of … Continue reading

A New Year, A New Denarius

Over the festive period my Roman coin collection has increased quite considerably so here is one I identified earlier. It is a denarius of Septimius Severus, emperor of Rome from AD193-211 the founding father of the Severan dynasty and saviour … 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

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

Identifying Roman Coins – 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th century?

Learning to identify Roman coins requires experience and lots of it, however when you get started it can sometimes feel like you can’t see the wood for the trees. Nevertheless there are some tips and sources that’ll make it significantly … Continue reading