Roman coin
The Collection of Senex Caecilius

The object on the left is a Roman coin with a radiate portrait of Gallienus (253-268 A.D.) on the obverse. On the reverse is Mars, the god of war, holding an olive branch. The legend states MARTI PACIFERO. The coin is an antoninianus, first introduced in 215 A.D. by Caracalla, and it is the size of a US dime.

The collection of David M. Robinson at the University of Mississippi features ancient Greek coins as well as Roman coins.

The Buerger collection of Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine coins at Lawrence University focuses on coins as "Bearers of Meaning" using illustrated essays.

The John Arduini Memorial Collection of Roman Republican Coins provides interesting facts on the coins and the moneyers.

For additional numismatic information, you can consult these references:

  • An on-going discussion of the various denominations of ancient Roman coins from the as to the sestertius is led by Anticus Cornelius at the Rostra bulletin board.
  • An illustrated FAQ about ancient Roman and Greek coins provides very useful information on collecting and identifying ancient coins.
  • An extensive website dedicated to ancient Greek and Roman coins covers monthly topics ranging from an overview for beginners to an illustrated glossary of terms.
  • An annotated report details the contents of 112 websites that deal specifically with Roman coins and artifacts.


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