Ancient Roman Gold CoinThe 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.

Rule Name Life
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

Rule Name Life
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.

Rule Name Life
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

Severan Dynasty

The Severan Dynasty in known so from Septimius Severus. This was the last dynasty prior to the Crisis of the Third Century.
Rule Name Life
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.

Rule Name Life
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

Illyrian Dynasty

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.

Rule Name Life
268 - 270 Claudius II 214 - 270
270 Quintillus d. 270
270 - 275 Aurelian 212 - 275
275 - 276 Tacitus 200 - 276
276 Florianus d. 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.

Rule Name Life
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

Valentinian Dynasty

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.

Rule Name Life
364 - 375 Valentinian I 321 - 375
364 - 378 Valens 328 - 378
367 - 383 Gratian 359 - 383
375 - 383 Valentinian II 372 - 392

Theodosian Dynasty

Rule Name Life
379 - 394 Theodosius I 346 - 395
383 - 388 Maximus d. 388
383 - 388 Valentinian II 372 - 392

Western Empire

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.

Rule Name Life
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 - ?

This is where ancient Rome ends and a new Rome begins.

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