In the news:
- hoard of Roman gold coins found in Britain
- tomb of Rhoxane and Alexander IV?
- site of Caesar’s assassination uncovered?
The coin (Crawford #346-1a) is a denarius of Gaius Marcius Censorinus, minted at Rome in 88 BCE.
An extremely useful new tool:
A catalogue of the Roman Republican Coins in the British Museum, with descriptions and chronology based on M. H. Crawford, Roman Republican Coinage (1974)…
Entries are generated directly from our collection database and might change as Museum curators discover more about the objects. This format aims to provide a ‘living’ catalogue so its contents can be adapted to reflect current research.
it has been said that Kyzikos was ‘the mint of Athens on the Propontis’ and indeed it is possible to find, among the almost inexhaustible variety of Kyzikene staters, plenty of signs of the Athenian connection. All the types still have the local emblem of the tunny fish as a subsidiary detail, and among the main designs many seem to be borrowed or suggested by those of other cities, sometimes quite remote… It is, nevertheless, most interesting to find types which are based purely on Athenian myth or history and which never occur elsewhere as coin types…
– G. K. Jenkins Ancient Greek Coins (1972) page 96.
The Romans and Greeks who enjoyed the lavish bath complexes that adorned their cities, congregated around the splendid nymphaea, and traveled the fine new roads could do so because they had money. Coinage had given them that freedom and, for this reason above all others, was the most potent of all ancient technological advances.
– Andrew Meadows, “Technologies of Calculation, Part 2: Coinage.” In J. P. Oleson, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World (2008) page 776.