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    

Hadrian (117-138 Ad ); Ae Sestertius; Rome.Roman Empire Ad 161-180 Marcus Aurelius Ar Denarius Ngc Au Issued As Caesar*tater* Roman Imperial Ae Sestertius Coin Of Hadrian AfricaRoman Empire Nero Sestertius Trumphal Arch Ngc Vf 54 -68 Ad Ancient Roman Aureus, Antoninus Pius, 150/1 Ad Ex.kaye Fredericks Estate*tater* Roman Imperial Ae Dupondius Coin Of Nero & Drusus CaesarGaul Nemausus Ae Dupondius Augustus & Agrippa Ngc Ch Vf Crocodile Weight 13.64gRoman Empire Ad 117-138 Hadrian Ar Denarius Ngc XfClodious Albinus Ancient Roman Sestertius Rare 100% Genuine!!!Agrippina Senior - Sestertius - Struck Under ClaudiusAncient Roman Silver Coin Denarius Mark Antony Legionary 2.4gr 16.7mmImperial Roman Silver Coin Denarius Of Diva Faustina Senior C 141 AdRoman Empire Ad 274-275 Severina Wife Of Aurelian Bi Denarius Au Rare003. Roman Silver Coin. Hadrian. Ar Denarius. Crescent & Stars. Avf004. Roman Silver Coin. Lucius Verus. Ar Denarius. Victory. VfRoman Empire Claudius Ad 41-54 Ae As Ngc VfImperial Roman Silver Coin Denarius Of Hadrian C 117 AdSilversud-antoninian Of Probus From Ticinum Mint Rv. Pax Standing LeftRoman Provincial . Alexandria Troas. Gallienus. A.d. 253-268. Ae 21Important Auction Start 1 $ Aurelianus 270-275 Ae Sestertius Rare High Grade Fouree? Old Estate Gallienus Troas Horse, Envelope Says 87 German Auction, Trajan - 2 Sestertius CoinsMarcus Junius Brutus Assassin Of Julius Caesar Silver Roman Coin 42bc Very Rare Roman Empire Ad 138-161 Antoninus Pius Ar Denarius Rev. Marcus Aurelius Ngc VfEmperor Trajan Denarius Roman Silver Coin,ngc Certified Circa 98 Ad ExcellentRoman Empire Ad 138-140/1 Faustina Sr Ar Denarius Posthumous Issue Ngc Choice AuImperial Roman Silver Coin Denarius Of Septimus Severus C 193 AdAncient Roman Silver Coin Maximianus Hercules Argenteus 286-305 2.0gr 17.9mm Roman Empire Nerva Ad 96-98 Ar Denarius Ngc VfRoman Empire Ad 235-238 Maximinus I Ar Denarius Ngc Choice Xf*tater* Roman Imperial Ae Dupondius Coin Of Antonia Claudius007. Roman Silver Coin. Domitian. Ar Denarius. Minerva On Prow. AvfAr Roman Republic Silver Denarius, Mark Antony, Legionary Legio Unidentified.Quality Sestertius Of Trajan: Spes Advancing. Rome, Ad 107. Ric: 519Didia Clara (didius Julianus, 193), Sestertius, Rome, Ad 193 Roman Empire Ad 253+ Mariniana Bi Double-denarius Wife Of Gallienus Ngc Ch VfRoman Republic Cvib Cf Pansa 90 Bc Ar Denarius O-apollo R-minerva Quadriga Ngc FWow! Vf Silver Antoninianus Of Postumus, Nice! 25 Mm, 4.39 G Victory:Roman Empire Ad 177-192 Commodus Ar Denarius Ngc XfSestertius Commodus (177-192). Sestertius. Rome.Gordian Iii 238-244 Ad. Ae Sestertius Ngc VfRare Lucilla Ae Sestertius 164-182/3 Ad. Ngc Certified.Rare Type Roman Republic Mark Antony Legionary Silver Denarius Coin 32 BcBronze Titus Ancient Roman Coin *2503Julius Caesar. 49-48 Bc. Ar Denarius. Military Mint Travelling With Caesar.Ca. 3rd-2nd Centuries Bc Island Of Euboea Ar Tetrobol Histiaea Ngc Choice XfRoman Empire Ad 251 Hostilian Ar Double-denarius Ngc VfRoman Empire Ad 193-211 Septimius Severus Ar Denarius Ngc Choice XfCa. 3rd-2nd Centuries Bc Pisidia, Selge Ar Obol Ngc Choice VfImperial Roman Silver Coin Denarius Of Commodus C 177 AdRoman Silver Denarius Coin Matidia, Daughter Of Marciana, 112-119 AdJudaea Coin Jewish War First Revolt Year 2Claudius Ii Gothicus. 268-270 Ad. Antoninianus. Roman Coins, Roman Empire Ad 251-253 Trebonianus Gallus Ar Double-denarius Ngc AuRoman Empire Ad 218-222 Elagabalus Ar Double-denarius Ngc Choice VfLot Of 2 Silver Syria Antioch Tetradrachm Coins *2542 Sestertius.faustina Iunior, Wife Of Marcus Aurelius, 175 Sestertius.Ancient Roman Bronze Coin Constantine Flavius Valerius 3.7gr 18.0mmLucius Verus Imperial Roman Silver Denarius.Roman Empire Ad 209-211 Geta Ar Denarius Issued As Caesar Ngc Au