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 The Roman Type Set

By Ed Sawyer

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 can't be aware of what you want to collect when you haven't 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 couldn't 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 isn't listed (I'd like to know about those), or that a change that I have listed isn't really significant.  Well, it's 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 "done"?  Here are two ideas I've 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 "hang", then you can see both sides of the write-up and the coin.  For those I don't 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 you're 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.  I'd be happy to email a copy of this to anyone who would like it, so that it doesn't have to be recreated; just use it or modify it based on the type collection that you're going after.

If you have major changes that you find, or would like a copy of this please let me know.

Ed Sawyer (esawyer1@comcast.net)

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


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