Collectible Ancient Roman Coins

Coins of ancient Rome generally fall into two categories—those struck during the Roman Republic, which lasted from 509 until 27 BCE, and coins minted during the Roman Empire, which ran its course in the West at the end of the 5th century.

The earliest coins of the Republican era were cast in irregular bronze shapes and exchanged based on their weight, hence their name aes (latin for bronze) rude. The aes signatum coins of the 3rd century BCE were also weight-based coins, although they featured depictions of animals (cattle were common) and symbols such as shields.

The heavy bronze, or aes grave, coins appeared around 289 BCE. Though still cast, the coins were circular and came in numerous denominations. A coin called the as featured the twin-head of Janus on its obverse, while the quadran showcased Hercules.

By the time of the Empire, Roman coins were being struck in gold and silver, as well as copper and brass. Probably the most common Empire coin was the denarius, although the aureus may be the best known since it featured Caesar on its face. Other common coins bore the likenesses of emperors Trajan, under whose rule Rome reached its greatest extent, and Hadrian.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Coins of Roman Egypt

Coins of Roman Egypt

The focus of Michael J. Covili’s well-organized website is Alexandrian coinage under the Romans. You can search f… [read review or visit site]

Ancient Coins: In Praise of the Celators!

Ancient Coins: In Praise of the Celators!

Dr. Tom Buggey’s Ancient Coins: In Praise of the Celators! focuses mainly on coins from Greek and Roman antiquity… [read review or visit site]

Historia

Historia

PeterD’s Historia goes deep on ancient Roman coins (there are about 400 of them), but he also gives Greek coins t… [read review or visit site]

Beast Coins

Beast Coins

Yes, Zach Beasley’s Beast Coins website features numerous pages devoted to coins with bears and other beasts on t… [read review or visit site]

Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

Bi-metallic coins have been around since the 17th century, when a copper wedge was added to the English farthing to… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Lysimachos Silver Tetradrachm. Alexander The Great's Face .gigantic Coin 34 MmLesbos, Mytilene. Roaring Lion And Calf. Rare Ancient Greek Gold Coin.worth$2000Marcus Junius Brutus The Killer Of Caesar. Gorgeous Iridescent Patina DenariusAncient Greek Gold Coin.nymph As Goddess Of Beauty. Very Rare Only 8 Known .The Ram Of Mytilene And Heracles. Gorgeous Ancient Greek Gold Coin. Super RareJulius Caesar. 49-48 Bc. Ar Denarius. CaesarHigh Grade Trajan Bronze Sestertius 98-117ad Rare In This ConditionJulius Sextus Caesar Very Rare Coin.first Mint Under His Name.roman Denarius Western Roman Empire Valentinian Iii Av Gold Solidus, Ravenna 425-455 Ad, Ngc AuVitellius Denarius. Exceptional Rare Roman Imperial Silver CoinAemilius Lepidus. Gorgeous Gold Iridescent Tone Roman Denarius. Equestrian (poet? Male Of Lesbos. Very Rare Ancient Greek Gold Coin Hecte. Only 11 SpecimenAlexander The Great Tetradrachm. The Blue Coin ( Gorgeous Blue Patina ) RareJunius Brutus.the Killer Of Caesar.au* Very Rare.roman Republic Coin.Lot Of (27) Ancient Coins Most Attrib. Some Scarce W/ Nero Mostly Roman/greekHadrian Roman Silver Denarius, Attractive PieceOwl Facing And Goat. Very Rare Greekgold Coin From Lesbos, Mytilene. El Hecte.Seleukos I Nikator.lion On Reverse Fully Visible With Fine Dies.tetradrachm Big Circus Maximus.processions Cart For Games"ludi Circenses" Roman Gold IridescentMarcus Aurelius Roman Sestertius Consecratio ReverseAlexander The Great. Fleur De Coin.the Highest Grade A Coin Can Have. Greek CoinP. Satrienus. Roman Republic Coin. She Wolf. Symbol Of Roma. Worth $1,500 RareM. Baebius Q.f. Tampilus Gorgeous Roman Coin.games Of Apollo. 'ludi Apollinares'Lot Of 50 Ae1 Sestertius Dupondius As Roman Bronze CoinsHadrian Denarius. Unpublished Ms* Elaborate Portrait Unofficial, One Of 3 Known Calabria, Tarentum. Ancient Greek Nomos. Taras Son Of Poseidon, Riding A DolphinWow Beautiful Estate Coin! Cilicia Tarsos Zeus Eagle /river God Kyndos SwimmingA. Postumius Albinus.roman Very Rare Roman Silver Coin. Eagle/senator. HispaniaLot Of 55 Ae1 Sestertius Dupondius As Roman Bronze CoinsTemple Of Concordia. Pompey Mint. Salus (health) Snake.very Rare Gold IridescentL. Flaminius Chilo Roman Silver Denarius.outstanding Gold Iridescent Patina . Lot Of 45 Ae2 Follis Maiorina Antoninianus Roman Bronze CoinsC. Marcius Censorinus, Outstanding Roman Republic Denarius In Iridescent Tone.Titus Flavius ​​vespasianus Augustus Roman Silver Coin. Elephant Fully Centered!Trajan Æ Sestertius.Lot Of 50 Ae2 Follis Maiorina Antoninianus Roman Bronze CoinsImperial Roman Silver Coin Denarius Of Severus Alexander C 222 AdRoman Silver Denarius. Trajan 98-117 Ad.Decimus Junius Silanus Roman Silver Coin.the Assassination Of Drusus.4.02g. 18mmPegasus.domitian Caesar Under Vespasianus. Roman Imperial Silver Coin. Imperator L.manlius Torquatus Ar Denarius.roman Republic.dictator Sulla's FriendRoman Coin: Julius Caesar. 49-48 Bc. Ar Denarius Thessaly, Lamia. Greek Silver Coin. Head Of Dionysos Fully Visible.15mm, 2.78 GHadrian Denarius. Seated In Curule Imperial Chair Talking To Citizen. Roman CoinLot Of 100 Ae4 Roman Bronze CoinsNice Roman Silver Denarius Of Septimius Severus - Liberalitas ReverseL. Aemilius Lepidus Paullus.perseus And His Two Sons As Prisoners.ms *roman CoinAthens Tetradrachm Greece 455-449 BcAncient Roman Republic Ar Victoriatus Jupiter/ Victory Trophy 211-208 Bc Ngc MsRoman Republic. C. Hosipius C.f. Geta Silver Denarius, 60 Bc (sku #11-147)Hadrian (a.d. 117-138), Ae Quadrans Beauty !Lot Of 100 Ae3 Roman Bronze CoinsGreat!! Hadrianus Roman Dupondius Romano Moneta Romana Adriano Romische RomaineAe-18 Of Claudius From Antioch Rv. Large Sc In WreathAe-21 Of Nero From Antioch Rv. Large Sc In WreathCommodus Sestertius Emperor Victory Roman Romano Sesterzio Romaine Moneta RomanaValentinian I (ad 364-375), Ar Siliqua,trier, 367-375. Roman Alexandria Troas Valerian I 253-260 Ae AsSeptimius Severus (193-211 Ad). Ae Very Rare!Ad 238-244 Gordian Iii Egypt Alexandria Ancient Greek / Roman Tetradrachm Ngc Xf