Roman

Ancient roman coins were minted from the 3rd century BC until the 5th century AD. Ancient roman coins commonly feature a portrait of an individual (e.g. the emperor) on the obverse and a deity on the reverse. Some of the most detailed portraits of an emperor can be found on an ancient roman coin. In many of these ancient roman coins we see what the roman emperors must have looked like in life. In this section you will also discover Roman Provincial (or Greek Imperial) coins.
Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD,  Cappadocia, Caesarea, AR Drachm, Mt. Argaeus, struck 139 AD

Antoninus Pius was one of the Five Good Emperors. Under his 23 year long reign, Rome saw peace that it had not seen for some time. On the obverse of this coin, an expectional portrait of the Emperor. On the reverse, the personification of the river Tiber, Tiberis, is depicted.…

Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD, AE Sestertius, Aequitas, struck 148-149 AD

Antoninus Pius was one of the Five Good Emperors. Under his 23 year long reign, Rome saw peace that it had not seen for some time. Aequitas is the derivative of the English word "equity".…

Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD, AE Sestertius, Emperor at Altar, struck 153-154 AD

Antoninus Pius was one of the Five Good Emperors. Under his 23 year long reign, Rome saw peace that it had not seen for some time.…

Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD, AE Sestertius, Tiberis Reclining, struck 140-144 AD

Antoninus Pius was one of the Five Good Emperors. Under his 23 year long reign, Rome saw peace that it had not seen for some time. On the obverse of this coin, an expectional portrait of the Emperor. On the reverse, the personification of the river Tiber, Tiberis, is depicted.…

Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AE28, SC

Antoninus Pius was one of the Five Good Emperors. Under his 23 year long reign, Rome saw peace that it had not seen for some time. This coin forms part of the large series of SC bronze coinage issued at the Antioch mint under different emperors.…

Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AE28, SC

Antoninus Pius was one of the Five Good Emperors. Under his 23 year long reign, Rome saw peace that it had not seen for some time. This coin forms part of the large series of SC bronze coinage issued at the Antioch mint under different emperors.…

Antoninus Pius, AE18 of Nicomedia, Bithynia, 138-161 AD

Antoninus Pius was one of the Five Good Emperors. Under his 23 year long reign, Rome saw peace that it had not seen for some time. Demeter was the Greek Goddess of harvest and agriculture.…

Antoninus Pius, AR Denarius, Vesta,  153-155 AD

Antoninus Pius was one of the Five Good Emperors. Under his 23 year long reign, Rome saw peace that it had not seen for some time. Vesta is the virgin goddess of the hearth, home, and family. In her temple, was a hearth with a sacred fire which the Vestal virgins were responsible for ensuring never turned out.…

Antoninus Pius, Sestertius, Indulgentia, 153-154 AD

This sestertius of Antoninus Pius has one of the most stunning patinas we have ever seen on an ancient coin.

Antoninus Pius was one of the Five Good Emperors. Under his 23 year long reign, Rome saw peace that it had not seen for some time. Indulgentia was the Roman personification of indulgence and mercy. A rare deity not commonly seen on Roman coins. AC search.info lists just 366 examples of coins (of any Roman Emperor) with Indulgentia.…

Aurelian, Silvered Antoninianus, Roma, 270-275 AD

Aurelian worked his way through the ranks of the military before becoming Roman Emperor. Through successful campaigns including defeating the Gallic Empire in the west, and restoring parts of the Empire, he was able to end the Roman Empire's Crisis of the Third Century. Through this he earned the title Restitutor Orbis ('Restorer of the World') which is inscribed on much of the coinage issued in his name. During his reign, as part of coinage reform, the size of the antoninianus was increased and became silvered.…

Caracalla, 198-217 AD, AR Denarius, Apollo, struck 215 AD

Lucius Septimius Bassianus . He became known as 'Caracalla' after the Gallic cloak which he regularly wore. He was assassinated by a soldier on route to visiting a temple near Carrhae, whilst stopping briefly to attend to the call of nature. Three days later, Macrinus declared himself emperor. Caracalla's popularity with the military ensured he was not subject to a damnatio memoriae. Notwithstanding this, his reputation and legacy in history remains that of a cruel ruler, whose terrible deeds include the murder of his brother Geta and the massacre of Geta's supporters.…

Caracalla, 198-217 AD, AR Denarius, Emperor Sacrificing at Altar, struck 217 AD

Lucius Septimius Bassianus . He became known as 'Caracalla' after the Gallic cloak which he regularly wore. He was assassinated by a soldier on route to visiting a temple near Carrhae, whilst stopping briefly to attend to the call of nature. Three days later, Macrinus declared himself emperor. Caracalla's popularity with the military ensured he was not subject to a damnatio memoriae. Notwithstanding this, his reputation and legacy in history remains that of a cruel ruler, whose terrible deeds include the murder of his brother Geta and the massacre of Geta's supporters.…

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