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Mar 17 2014

Top Eight Ancient Roman Coins

There are many parallels between society today and civilization back in the times of ancient Rome. One of the most easy to grasp (literally) is the Roman’s minting and use of coins as currency. The coins, made of gold, silver, brass and copper, first began being used in the 3rd Century BC, but saw numerous changes into the era of Imperial Rome, including differences in shape and denomination. Many may assume these coins always were emblazoned with the likeness of the emperor of the day. However, it wasn’t until the reign of Julius Caesar that coins were issued bearing an emperor’s likeness; until then, the coins featured portraits of ancestors.

History lesson aside, the coins are highly sought after by collectors. Here are the top eight Roman coins, according to one diehard collector.

Augustus

Augustus

This coin dates from 27 BC to 14 AD, and shows emperor Augustus with an oak wreath.

Nero

Nero

From AD 54 to 68, this 25-mm coin features a bust of Nero.

Julius Caeser

Julius Caeser

This 18 millimetre coin from 49 to 44 BC has the head of Venus on one side.

Claudius

Claudius

Sporting an image of Claudius Caeser, this coin dates from between 41 to 54 AD.

Augustus

Bare Headed Augustus

This coin is from 27 BC to 14 AD, with an image of a bare-headed Augustus.

Vespasian

Vespasian

Vespasian issued this 17mm coin between AD 69 to 79. It is adorned with an oak wreath.

Constantius

Constantius

Dating between AD 305 to 306, this coin shows Constantius’ veiled head and an eagle atop an enclosure.

P. Accoleius Lariscolus

P. Accoleius Lariscolus

Dating around 43 BC, this coin shows a bust of the goddess Diana Nemorensis.



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