Collection: Ancient Roman Coins

The history of Roman coins begins in the late 4th century BC with the introduction of the bronze Aes grave, gradually evolving into the standardized silver denarius in 211 BC. Under Augustus, the first Roman emperor, the Aureus gold coin was introduced, solidifying the empire's monetary system. During the Imperial period, coins were utilized for propaganda, displaying emperors' portraits and significant events. The 3rd century AD witnessed devaluation and a monetary crisis, leading to Diocletian's comprehensive reforms. Constantine's reign saw the introduction of the gold solidus in the 4th century AD. With the decline of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD, the production of coins waned, marking the end of an era and leaving a lasting legacy in the world of numismatics.