Items of Recent Interest (3)

October 18, 2012

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Items of recent interest (1)

September 25, 2012

Recent news items of interest:


Denarius of M. Porcius Laeca

September 9, 2011

Obverse of a denarius of M. Porcius Laeca, Crawford #270 (125 BCE)

Reverse of a denarius of M. Porcius Laeca, Crawford #270 (125 BCE)

Denarius of Gaius Marcius Censorinus

January 16, 2011

Obverse with Numa Pompilius and Ancus Marcius (the 'P' is a control-mark).

Reverse with desultor (someone who jumps between horses in the circus) and barely visible control-number.

The coin (Crawford #346-1a) is a denarius of Gaius Marcius Censorinus, minted at Rome in 88 BCE.

ANS example.

Roman Republican Coins in the British Museum

August 16, 2010

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.

Quote of the Day: Kyzikos

March 9, 2010

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.

Quote of the Day (on coinage as a technological advance)

February 5, 2010

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.