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Roman Coins - (3rd Century BC - 5th Century AD)


For more than 500 years, the Roman Empire ruled a large part of the known ancient world and shaped the economy, art and culture of Europe for the next centuries. The Romans also laid the foundation for many later developments in coinage and monetary affairs.


Roman Republic. Brutus. Denarius, 42 BC Chr.
Hammer price: 90,000 euros.

The oldest Roman coins were cast from bronze (so-called "Schwergeld" / Aes grave) and bore marks related to the As (= 1 pound) and the ounce (= 1/12 As) (e.g. the Quadrans 3 Kugel = 3 ounces = 1/4 As). In practice, however, these embossing turned out to be very unwieldy. The denarius as the main Roman silver coin has been used since 211 BC. Minted to the value of 10 (later 16) aces. This Roman coin initially showed the helmeted head of the Roma on the front and the riding Dioscuri Castor and Pollux with the word ROMA on the back.

During the 2nd century BC The mint masters (Tresviri monetales) were given the right to put their names on the minting of Roman coins and to determine the design themselves. Not infrequently they chose motifs that related to glorious deeds of their own ancestors. These “family coins” with a multitude of mythological and historical representations represent an extremely exciting and multifaceted area of ​​collecting, especially if they include such famous names as SVLLA or BRVTVS. Gaius Julius Caesar was the first Roman to receive it in 44 BC. The right was given by the Senate to put his portrait on Roman coins during his lifetime, which he made extensive use of. His allies and opponents Pompey, Brutus and Antonius also appear on the minting of Roman coins after his murder.


Roman Imperial Era. Tiberius, 14-37. Denarius, lugdunum. So-called "tribute penny".
Hammer price: 1,400 euros.

With the end of the republic and the beginning of the imperial era, one usually encounters the respective emperors and their families (wives, heirs to the throne and co-regents) on the coins. The monetary system continues to be “tri-metallic” based on gold, silver and bronze coins. The legends list the honorary titles and offices of the emperor with the year and are therefore easy to date (e.g. COS V = coined in the year of the 5th award of the title of consul / so-called "iteration number").

Due to the large number of different types, denominations and mints as well as the relatively easy-to-use literature, the Roman coins open up a multitude of exciting collecting areas for beginners as well. Added to this is the fact that the coins of the Roman Empire were not only a means of payment, but were also used as a mass medium, which is significant for the collector. They were something like the “metal newspapers” of the empire, on which the deeds and military successes of the emperors were immortalized.


Antoninus II. Marcus Aurelius, 161-180 for Commodus. Aureus, 175/176, Rome. Extremely fine specimen. Hammer price: € 50,000

In the late Imperial Era, the value and precious metal content of Roman coins continued to decline. Emperors like Diocletian (284-304) or Constantine the Great (308-337) tried to counter this with coin reforms and the introduction of new denominations such as the bronze follis or golden solidus. Ultimately, however, neither the decline of the currency nor of the empire could be stopped and with Romulus Augustulus (475-476) the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire appears on the Roman coins before he was deposed by the Germanic officer Odoacer.

Immerse yourself in the exciting time of the Punic Wars, the conquest of Gaul by Caesar or the fire of Rome under Emperor Nero and experience Roman antiquity in the coin image! With the Roman coins, you not only collect coins, but also events from the past.

Introductory literature

  • Albert, R .: The coins of the Roman Republic from the beginnings to the Battle of Actium, 2nd edition, Regenstauf 2011.
  • Kampmann, U .: The coins of the Roman Empire, 2nd edition, Regenstauf 2011.
  • Kampmann, U. / Ganschow, T .: The coins of the Roman mint in Alexandria, 1st edition, Regenstauf 2008.