Ancient Roman and Greek Coins Septimius SeverusSeptimius Severus     Answers to frequently asked questions
               (FAQ, mostly for beginners)

           associated pages about buying on eBay and buying
           about selling
           about moving up from "beginner" to "intermediate" collector
              (including book recommendations)
           Annotated Roman coin educational links (with some Greek coin links too)
           information about rarity and its importance for cost (for intermediate collectors)
           commentary on a difference between collecting US and ancient coins
           information about avoiding fakes

        [The coin to the right is a common silver denarius of Roman emperor Septimus Severus, 193-211 AD, with diameter 19 mm.]

    Guide to Late Roman AE Coin Types, AD 364-450
        A complete list of types of emperors Valentinian I through Theodosius II and Valentinian III
         A resource for collectors of Late Roman AE coins.

    Christian Symbolism on Roman Coins
        A complete list of types from its beginning under Constantine to 364 AD.
        A resource for collectors of late Roman AE coins.

    Ancient Imitations of Roman Coins
        An educational site about genuinely ancient coins that were imitations or counterfeits in their day.

    Ancient Coin Auction Catalogs: Contents
        An educational site for ancient coin collectors about sale catalogs.
        A related site where catalogs are grouped by collecting theme.

    Byzantine Coins of Cherson (Kherson)
       The unusual Byzantine types from the city of Cherson in the Crimea in Ukraine.
    A resource for collectors.

    The Tripolis mint of late third century AD Rome
         An illustrated list of all the coin types of the Tripolis mint. An educational resource for collectors.

    Constantine as Caesar and as FIL AVG (A.D. 306-310)

        An illustrated article on the the Roman rulers and their mints from 306-310 when Constantine was awarded the unusual title "Filius Augusti".

    The unusual "quarter-follis" denomination struck 305-306 AD under the tetrarchy
         An illustrated list of all the varieties. An educational resource for collectors.

    Officina Marks of the Roman emperors Diocletian and Maximian at Siscia (289-290 AD)
        The unique use of the Jovian and Herculian titles to indicate officina numbers

    Officina Numbers on Late Roman Coins
        The unusual use of officina numbers spelled out on issues of Valentinian, Valens, and Gratian.

    Maximinus Thrax, the giant. Roman emperor 235-238. His portrait types.
        Maximinus Thrax issued denarii with three distinct portrait types.

    Long Mintmarks on Roman Imperial coins.

        A few of the longest mintmarks illustrated.

    Vetranio, Roman emperor in AD 350: His six AE coin types.
        The Roman emperor Vetranio ruled in the Balkans for ten months in AD 350. His AE coin types are listed and illustrated here.

    Jovian, Roman emperor from June 363 to Febuary 364: His four AE types.
        The Roman emperor Jovian reigned only eight months. His AE coin types are listed and illustrated here.

    CONSTANTINOPOLIS: Roman coins commemorating the founding of Constantinople under Constantine.
        A short article here.

    Geta, his portraits, 198-212 AD. Geta's portraits change as he ages from nine to twenty-two.

    The Byzantine emperor Justinian (527-565 AD) and the earthquakes at Antioch.

    Other themes of interest
        1)  one emperor who issued coins from one mint with five distinctly different mintmarks, on pages here

         2)  some reverse types that are unique to a particular Roman emperor in a quiz format. Can you recognize them?
        3)  Coins and archaeology work together to identify Seuthes III
        4)  The real meaning of SECVRITAS on Roman coins.