Numismatists have taken to the World Wide Web with a vengeance. The marketing potential of the Web is an obvious attraction, but ancient numismatists have also gone to great lengths to offer a wealth of useful and educational information about Roman coins. With lists of goddesses and gods, dictionaries of coin inscriptions, and practical advice about how to identify ancient coins, they provide valuable resources to those who are just learning about ancient numismatics.
The following links offer useful information about identifying Roman coins. NOTE: Much of the
information on this page is provided by ancient coin
dealers. The links here are meant to provide convenient
access to materials useful to students and teachers using
Roman coins; they should not be interpreted as
recommendations of the particular dealers involved.
INFORMATION ABOUT ROMAN COINS ON THE WEB:
- Bearers of Meaning - The
Ottilia Buerger Collection of Ancient and Byzantine Coins
at Lawrence University. Carol L. Lawton, Curator and
- An excellent site with good images and full
information about coins and their historical context.
Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins are included. The
following essays may be especially helpful to users of
- The Production of Ancient Coins, by
Jere M. Wickens
- Roman Coins and Roman History, by
Daniel J. Taylor
- Eight Hundred Years of Roman Coinage, by David R. Sear.
- Most articles are listed on the Articles page, but this essay needs to be known to all.
- American Numismatic Society and Harry Bass Research Foundation Searchable Resources
- A searchable index of Roman coins. Extensive. Extremely useful!
- Roman Coins of the Early Empire, by Tim Ryan.
- This is a "must see" page from his well-known Dead Romans site.
- Doug Smith's Ancient Greek & Roman
Coins Numismatic Topics from One Collector's Point of
- Perhaps the most informative site dedicated to Roman and Greek coins, constructed by a dedicated
collector. There are too many useful links to connect all
of them here. You'll have to visit the site and see them
for yourself. Two important pages for students working
with coins from the empire and especially the time of
- Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.
- A very fine dealer site with extensive archives of high quality, informative articles. Highly recommended for those who wish to learn more about ancient coins. May need a free membership to access some features; archive searching is free.
- Barry and Darling Ancient
Coins. Kevin Barry and John Darling.
- This is a dealer site with several pages of useful
information about ancient coins:
- Title, Title, Who's Got The Title?
Roman Titles As They Appear On Coins - useful
discussion of titles on Roman coins and list of titles
and their abbreviations
- Tongue Twisters: Roman and Greek
Pronunciation Guide - for words associated with
- Great Caesars Ghost Mythology and
Personifications of Rome and Greece - identify
goddesses and gods
- By Their Names, You Shall Know Them.
Roman Names As They Appear On Coins
- I Know Its Trying To Tell Me
Something.... Common Inscriptions With Translations -
helpful when trying to identify inscriptions
- Mints and Their Marks: Common Mint
Marks - for Roman coins of the third and fourth
- Quadriga Coins
- This is dealer site by educator Kevin Colosa. The
following links provide good information for students and
- Ancient Coins - Glossary of Terms -
useful guide to the terms used with coins (AE, AR,
- Roman Coin Denominations - Relative
Sizes - visual comparison of coins with modern United
- FORVM ANCIENT COINS
- Joseph Sermarini is the proprietor of FORVM and is developing a very useful tool, called,
- FORVM's Roman Coin Attribution Assist System which will help you attribute coins by typing in a few letters of the legend.
- Ancient Roman and Greek Coins,
- A useful question and answer site with some
wide-ranging questions, by Warren Esty.
- Legends on Roman Coins
- Medieval Coins: Jim's Medieval Coins - Virtual Tour
- An instructive site and tour of Jim's medieval coin collection.
- AMERICAN NUMISMATIC SOCIETY
- The foremost numismatic research institution in the
United States. The ANS maintains one of the largest coin
cabinets in the world with nearly one million objects.
- The Roman Coin Cabinet - Curated by
William E. Metcalf
- Roman Numismatic Bibliography, by
William E. Metcalf
- American Numismatic Association
- The largest professional association for coin
dealers, " a nonprofit, educational organization
chartered by Congress -- ...dedicated to the collection
and study of coins, paper money, tokens and medals, and
... created for the benefit of its members and the
- ANA Education Department - good
programs to promote numismatic study
- Numismatics and the Olympic Games
- Gods, Games, Kings and Coins: Money of
the Ancient Olympiads
- The Celator
- A monthly journal devoted to ancient numismatics
(Greece, Near East, Rome). A useful source of information
for teachers, students, and collectors. Edited and
produced by Wayne G. Sayles.
- ANCIENT COINS & MODERN FAKES: How
To Tell The Difference. An Authentication Primer
- Useful information for those considering purchasing
coins. By Dennis J. Kroh.
- Impero on the Web
- Italian and English web site "for numismatic amateurs
who are interested in the roman empire and republic
period!" By Carlo Paolantoni. Still being constructed.
- History of Money from Ancient Times to
the Present Day
- Online version of a book by Glyn Davies.