Ancient Coins

What is an ancient coin? Good question! In Western numismatics, coins emerged during the development of early Greek culture, some time around 700 BC. The Roma societies were evolving at the same time and, by 146 BC, finally conquered Greece. Rome would fall (or fade) 600 years later (~455 AD). Is that the end of the ancient coins or do they continue for another thousand years until the early Renaissance in 14th century Europe?

LUCIUS MEMMIUS ACHAICUS, 2ND CENTURY BC

A008

Silver Denarius, Roman Republic, circa 94 BC, Choice Very Fine/VF

19.4 mm (11/16”), 3.91 grams; Reference: Bab 1, Syd 558

 

LICINIUS I, ROMAN EMPEROR, HERACLEA MINT, 321–324 AD

A006

Heraclea mint 321-324 AD; Bronze AE3; Reference: RIC 52 (VII, Heraclea)

20 mm (3/4”), 3.30 grams

GORDIAN III / THE THREE GRACES, 238–244 AD

A005

Bronze; Reference: ANGCop 516, BMC 114, SGI 3671

22 mm (7/8”), 4.49 grams, Markianopolis in Moesian Inferior

 

LICINIUS I, ROMAN EMPEROR, SISCIA MINT, 313–315 AD

A007

Siscia mint 313-315 AD; Bronze, RIC VII-11 R4 Rare

21 mm (7/8”), 3.69 grams

 

VALERIUS II, SILVER DENARIUS, FLAMEN MARTIALIS, 108 BC

A010

Silver

18.8 mm (11/16”), 3.62 grams

GORDIAN III / HERCULES, 241–243 AD

A003

Silver Antoninianus; Reference: RIC 95, C 404

22 mm (7/8”), 4.6 grams, Rome mint 241–243 AD

SILVER STATER, GREEK CITY OF ASPENDUS, 370–333 BC

 A009

Silver

22 mm (0.8”), 10.8 grams

 

AUGUSTA TRAIANA IN THRACE, 209–211 AD

A001

Bronze (3.93 grams), Struck 209–211 AD

1.9 cm (3/4”) 

GREEK CARIA OR LYCIA, 450–350 BC

A002

Silver

7 mm (3/4”), 0.74 grams