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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
begin here with the FAQ page
about buying on
about moving up from
"beginner" to "intermediate" collector
coin educational links (with some Greek coin links too)
information about rarity and its
importance for cost (for intermediate collectors)
on a difference between collecting US and ancient coins
Information about avoiding fakes
coin is a common silver denarius of the Roman
Severus, 193-211 AD
Dates: Third to First
Roman Republican Coin Types and their Dating
Republican coins are not explicitly dated, so how can we
know their dates?
A timeline page of examples and a page of theory.
This coin: one of the first types of the silver "denarius" denomination
Table of contents--large educational sites
Roman AE Coin Types,
list of types of emperors Valentinian I
through Theodosius II and Valentinian III
resource for collectors
of Late Roman AE coins.
This coin: Valens/GLORIA ROMANORVM
on Roman Coins
A complete list of types
from its beginning
under Constantine to 364 AD.
resource for collectors of late Roman AE coins.
Date: The entire Roman period
of Roman Coins
educational site about genuinely ancient coins that were imitations or
counterfeits in their day.
This coin: An ancient counterfeit Roman Republican denarius.
Coins of Cherson
The unusual Byzantine
types from the
city of Cherson in the Crimea in Ukraine.
A resource for collectors.
This coin: The "H" (= 8) pentanummia denomination.
educational site for ancient coin collectors about sale catalogs.
A related site
where catalogs are
This catalog: M&M 37, Basel, Switzerland.
Caesar and as FIL AVG (A.D.
illustrated article on the the Roman rulers and their mints from
when Constantine was awarded the unusual title "Filius
This coin: Constantine as "FIL AVG", minted
emperor Justinian (527-565 AD)
earthquakes at Antioch.
coins of Justinian from Antioch
This coin: Justinian seated facing on a throne
The Dan Clark Collection of
early Byzantine copper coins
with a cross above the head.
extensive collection of unusual cross-above head coins.
This Coin: Justin I (518-527), Sear 84, with a
bold cross above his head.
Smaller educational sites (chronologial order):
c. 324 BC.
Coins and archaeology work together to
This coin: Greek king Seuthes III
Date: First century BC.
Republican plated imitation in Dacian style
Some reverse types
unique to a particular Roman emperor
in a quiz format. Can you
This type: Captive seated on a pile of arms. DAC CAP in
Roman imperial period.
The real meaning of SECVRITAS
on Roman coins.
This coin: Caracalla, 196-217 AD
his portraits, 198-212 AD.
as he ages from nine to twenty-two.
This coin: His first portrait style.
Thrax, the giant. Roman
emperor 235-238. His portrait types.
Maximinus Thrax issued denarii with
three distinct portrait types.
This coin: The early style portrait.
What was Volusian's
This coin: Volusian, stuck at Antioch.
of late third century AD Rome
illustrated list of all the coin types of the Tripolis mint.
educational resource for collectors.
This coin: Tacitus, 276 AD.
the Roman emperors
Diocletian and Maximian at Siscia (289-290 AD)
The unique use of the
Jovian and Herculian
titles to indicate officina
This coin: Maximian with mintmark incorporating ΛI, part of a code.
Date: 293 - 300
under the first tetrachy:
Diocletian, Maximian, Constantius, and
Galerius (293-300 AD)
issued only at Trier.
This coin: Diocletian/FORTVNAE REDVCI AVGG NN
The unusual "quarter-follis"
305-306 AD under the tetrarchy
illustrated list of all the varieties. An educational resource for
This coin: A quarter-follis of Maximinus II.
the founding of Constantinople under Constantine.
A short article
here (only about this one common type).
A complete list and longer article here.
(The picture links to this one.)
This coin: CONSTANTINOPOLIS/Victory, 330-340 AD.
on Roman Imperial coins.
A few of the longest
This coin: Julian II, "the Apostate", 361-363 AD.
Roman emperor in AD 350: His
six AE coin types.
The Roman emperor Vetranio
ruled in the
for ten months in AD 350.
types are listed and illustrated here.
This coin: Vetranio with the famous early Christian "HOC SIGNO VICTOR
Roman emperor from June 363 to Febuary 364:
His four AE types.
The Roman emperor Jovian reigned
only eight months.
are listed and illustrated here.
This coin: Jovian with reverse VOT/V/MVLT/X from Sirmium.
Numbers on Late Roman Coins
The unusual use of officina
numbers spelled out on issues of Valentinian, Valens, and Gratian.
This coin: Valens, 364-378 AD, with officina
you think of one emperor who issued coins from one mint
with at least five distinctly
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