The study of Roman coins is a walk through an extremely lively and colorful history museum. From the production standards to the art on the coins, much can be learned about the Roman culture from coins.
Collecting ancient roman coins allows you to actually hold a coins in your hand that were held by Romans over a thousand years ago.
Coins during this time were made with precious metals such as gold, silver, and bronze.Coins with precious metal have intrinsic value which in modern times is based on the value of the metal at the time. For example, gold coins may go up and down in value based on the value of gold.
Roman coins not only have actual intrinsic value but also the value that comes from its history. This makes them great collectors items.
In ancient Rome emperor faces were imprinted on coins during their reign. These are known as imperial coins. You can buy ancient roman emperor coins and own a real piece of history.
Emperors Of The Julio-Claudian Dynasty
After Augustus accepted the Imperial title, his power continued to grow and he relied on his soldiers and paid civil servants. The Caesars had become the first family to lead Rome replacing a small class of politicians.
When Augustus died in 14 AD he was declared a God, as was Julius Caesar. Augustus was remembered as the bringer of peace and restorer of old Roman ways.
|27 BC - AD 14||Gaius Octavius (Augustus)||63 BC - AD 14|
|14 - 37 AD||Tiberius||42 BC - AD 37|
|37 - 41||Caligula||12 - 41|
|41 - 54||Claudius I||10 BC - AD 54|
|54 - 68||Nero||37 - 68|
Year of The Four Emperors
|68 - 69||Galba||3 BC - AD 69|
|69||Otho||32 - 62|
|69||Vitellius||15 - 69|
|69 - 79||Vespasian||9 - 79|
|79 - 81||Titus||39 - 81|
|81 - 96||Domitian||51 - 96|
Five Good Emperors
After Domitian there was a time in which historians believed Rome was ruled with virtue and wisdom. During this time 5 emperors ruled who are often referred to as the the Five Good Emperors of Rome.
|96 - 98||Nerva||35 - 98|
|98 - 117||Trajan||53 - 117|
|117 - 138||Hadrian||76 - 138|
|138 - 161||Antoninus Pius||86 - 161|
|161 - 180||Marcus Aurelius||121 - 180|
|180 - 192||Commodus||161 - 192|
|193||Pertinax||126 - 193|
|193||Didius Julianus||133 - 193|
|193- 211||Septimus Severus||146 - 21|
|211 - 212||Caracalla||188 - 217|
|211 - 212||Geta||189 - 212|
|212 - 217||Caracalla||188 - 217|
|217 - 218||Macrinus||164 - 218|
|218 - 222||Elagabalus Heliogabalus||204 - 222|
|222 - 235||Alexander Severus||208 - 235|
The Crisis of The Third Century
The Crisis of the Third Century refers to a time when the Roman Empire was crumbling and near collapse. Click on a link below to browse Imperial coins for each emperor during this time period.
|235 - 238||Maximinus||173 - 238|
|238 - 244||Gordianus III||224 - 244|
|244 - 249||Philip the Arabian||d. 249|
|249 - 251||Decius||201 - 251|
|251 - 253||Gallus||203 - 253|
|253||Aemilianus||206 - 253|
|253 - 260||Valerian||d. 269|
|260 - 268||Gallienus||d. 268|
The Illyrian Dynasty is named so because during this time period most of the emperors came from Illyria which was the northern Balkan Penisula. The Illyrian Dynasty was important because during this time Rome began to recover from the the Crisis Of The Third Century . Click on a link below to browse Imperial coins for each emperor during this time period.
|268 - 270||Claudius II||214 - 270|
|270 - 275||Aurelian||212 - 275|
|275 - 276||Tacitus||200 - 276|
|276 - 283||Probus||d. 282|
|282 - 283||Carus||223 - 283|
|283 - 285||Numerianus||d. 284|
|283 - 285||Carinus||d. 285|
Emperors Of The Constantinian Dynasty
This Constantinian Dynasty is named so after Constantine I the Great. Click on a link below to browse Imperial coins for each emperor during this time period.
|284 - 305||Diocletian||245 - 313|
|286 - 305||Maximian||d. 310|
|305 - 306||Constantius||250 - 306|
|306 - 307||Severus||d. 307|
|306 - 308||Maximian||d. 310|
|306 - 311||Galerius||d. 311|
|306 - 312||Maxentius||d. 312|
|307 - 313||Maximinus Maximin||d. 313|
|307 - 337||Constantine I the Great||280 - 337|
|308 - 324||Licinius||270 - 324|
|337 - 340||Constantine II||317 - 340|
|337 - 361||Constantius II||317 - 361|
|337 - 350||Constans I||320 - 350|
|361 - 363||Julian the Apostate||331 - 363|
|363 - 364||Jovian||331 - 364|
The Valentinian Dynasty consisted of 4 emperors ruling the east and west. Click on a link below to browse Imperial coins for each emperor during this time period.
|364 - 375||Valentinian I||321 - 375|
|364 - 378||Valens||328 - 378|
|367 - 383||Gratian||359 - 383|
|375 - 383||Valentinian II||372 - 392|
|379 - 394||Theodosius I||346 - 395|
|383 - 388||Maximus||d. 388|
|383 - 388||Valentinian II||372 - 392|
Since Diocletian, the Roman Empire had been divided into the East and West. The Western Empire was the last phase of Rome prior to the Eastern half transforming into the Bryzantine Empire.
|394 - 395||Theodosius I||346 - 395|
|395 - 423||Honorius||384 - 423|
|425 - 455||Valentinian III||419 - 455|
|455 - 456||Avitus||d. 456|
|457 - 461||Majorian||d. 461|
|461 - 465||Severus||d. 465|
|467 - 472||Anthemius||d. 472|
|473 - 474||Glycerius||?|
|474 - 475||Nepos||d. 480|
|475 - 476||Romulus Augustus||c. 461 - ?|