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About Roman Coins

Roman coins provide a glimpse into an era of history which continues to fascinate to this day. This area of numismatics remains hugely popular, but surprisingly inexpensive due to the large number of Roman coins on the market. The Roman Empire stretched far and included much of Europe, including the UK, but also great swathes of Asia and Africa, and so the coinage in use at the time was widespread and plentiful. It wasn?t until the days of the Roman Republic that coinage was used. For most of the history of ancient Rome the currency consisted of copper, brass, silver and gold coinage. However, it should be remembered that, unlike most of their modern counterparts, Roman coins had intrinsic value. The gold and silver issues were of such purity that they were literally worth their weight in these precious metals. This is another factor which aids their collectability today. Roman coins can be collected by theme. For example, some collectors attempt to find a coin depicting each emperor all the way from Augustus in 27 B.C. to Romulus Augustus in 476 AD. This is quite a challenge as there are literally hundreds of them. Others concentrate on a period such as Republic, Late Republic, Empire and Late Empire, or on Roman deities or religious scenes. Amongst the many fascinating Roman coins available in various conditions are items minted in copper, brass, gold and silver, some of which are scarce. Some have been mounted and arranged in sets, having been cleaned and properly identified. Others are offered in unsorted and uncleaned job lots, just as they emerged from the ground in various archaeological sites. Such lots can sometimes contain some collectable surprises.