The Age of Gallienus
Ancient Coin Collecting 101
Ancient Coin Dates
Ancient Coins & Modern Fakes
Ancient Oil Lamps
Ancient Wages and Prices
Ancient Weights and Scales
Anonymous Class A Folles
Armenian Numismatics Page
A Cabinet of Greek Coins
Caesarean and Actian Eras
Campgates of Constantine
A Case of Counterfeits
Coins of Pontius Pilate
Conditions of Manufacture
Corinth Coins and Cults
Countermarked in Late Antiquity
Denarii of Otho
Dictionary of Roman Coins
Doug Smith's Ancient Coins
Edict on Prices
ERIC - Rarity Tables
The Evolving Ancient Coin Market
Facing Portrait of Augustus
Fel Temp Reparatio
Fertility Pregnancy and Childbirth
Friend or Foe
The Gallic Empire
Greek Coin Denominations
Greek Mythology Link
Greek Numismatic Dictionary
Hellenistic Names & their Meanings
Helvetica's ID Help Page
Identifying Ancient Metal Arrowheads
Illustrated Ancient Coin Glossary
Islamic Rulers and Dynasties
Imperial Mints of Philip the Arab
Later Roman Coinage
Library of Ancient Coinage
Life in Ancient Rome
Maps of the Ancient World
Not in RIC
Numismatic Excellence Award
Pi-Style Athens Tetradrachms
Pricing and Grading Roman Coins
Representations of Alexander the Great
Roman Coin Attribution 101
Rome and China
The Sign that Changed the World
Silver Content of Parthian Drachms
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum
Taras Drachms with Owl Left
The Temple Tax Hoard
Travels of Paul
Tribute Penny Debate Continued (2015)
Tribute Penny Debate Revisited (2006)
What Did The Julio Claudians Really Look Like?
What I Like About Ancient Coins
There are many recommendations for the collector moving into the area of ancient Roman coins. Decide what you like, decide what to collect, emperors, animals, buildings, etc. Of course, one of the problems with that is that you really canít be aware of what you want to collect when you havenít seen the possibilities.
After careful thought, and a great deal of searching, I decided that a type set would be a good start for a variety of reasons:
- It would let the collector see a full range of types, which will help in deciding follow-on collecting.
- It provides flexibility in price and condition as (for example) one can choose from many Republican serrate denarius, picking the best condition and price that the budget allows.
- There is the opportunity to see (and collect) many of the emperors (or focus on a few). So, among the several types that are issued in a given time span you can go after as many different emperors as possible, or you could choose to have an Aureus, Denarius, As, etc of only Augustus.
- It affords the opportunity to see a wide variety of inscriptions, reverse types, etc.
There was one problem. I couldnít find anything that said what a type set might look like. So, using a variety of sources, I have developed one type set that you could choose to pursue.
As you read even a few of the reference works, you quickly come to understand that there are MANY differences of opinion, and that will likely be the case here. You may decide that there are more coins that should be listed as a type because of a major change that occurred that isnít listed (Iíd like to know about those), or that a change that I have listed isnít really significant. Well, itís your type set-pick and choose as you like! The list is flexible and one could decide not to go after the listed provincials, AES Graves, you may only want to build one for silver, or bronze, whatever. Tailor it to your own desires.
A last comment. When you left the same looking Indian Head penny collection (if you did), do you still miss the feeling of being ďdoneĒ? Here are two ideas Iíve used in setting-up my type set. My type set is contained in a 2x2 album by type (to see the changes over time of a particular coin), with the coin inside its flip inserted when I get it (insert the description and let the coin ďhangĒ, then you can see both sides of the write-up and the coin. For those I donít have, there is a 2x2 piece of paper in the spot that identifies the missing coin. So, make your own album. When the slots all have coins-yep youíre done.
Finally, I use the fill button on the pages that follow to change the box from white to yellow when I have a coin type. This allows to me quickly see what I have and what I need. Iíd be happy to email a copy of this to anyone who would like it, so that it doesnít have to be recreated; just use it or modify it based on the type collection that youíre going after.
If you have major changes that you find, or would like a copy of this please let me know.
Ed Sawyer (email@example.com)
Links To The Type Sets
Roman Gold Type Set
Roman Silver Type Set
Roman Bronze Type Set
Roman Other Type Set (Including Provincial)
LINKS For Printing The Roman Type Sets:
Roman Gold (AV) Type Set
Roman Silver (AR) Type Set
Roman Copper, Orichalcum, Bronze (AE) Type Set
Roman Other Type Set (Including Provincial)
All Type Sets in a PowerPoint Version