Ancient Roman and other numismatic antiquities. Some Roman coins may be considered British, they were used on a day to day basis within the whole of the Roman Empire and that included most of Britain from 43AD to 410AD. Ancient hammered coins, be they Roman, Turkish or Syrian remain fascinating pieces of history, amazing survivors and pose all sorts of questions. How did a second century BC Persian daric make its way to a field in Jersey ?
Caracalla reigned as emperor from AD 198 -217. At birth he was named Lucius Septimius Bassianus, being renamed Marcus Aurelius Antoninus at the age of seven. He became known as Caracalla due to the Gallic hooded tunic he constantly wore of the same name.
RARE Marcus Aurelias as Caesar Brass Sesterius, Minerva Reverse, Marcus Aurelius was the last of a series of emperors of Rome known as the 'Five Good Emperors'; bringing peace and stability, the 'Pax Romana.' He was born in AD 121 and died in 180. As a pe
Agrippa Caligula's Grandfather AE As, Struck Under Caligula. minted in Rome, AD 37-4. The Roman emperors often paid tribute to their ancestors by way of placing them on their coinage, either as conjoined heads or as lone busts. Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa wa
Emperor Severus Alexander Silver Denarius, Virtus AD 225. Severus Alexander was the last of the Severan dynasty. He was Elagabalus' heai and came to the throne at the young age of 14. He reigned over the Roman empire from AD 222- 235
Hadrian became emperor of the Roman Empire in 117 AD and saw it as a divine mission to keep the empire in one piece. When rebellion broke out in Britannia in 119, he sent 3,000 troops and ordered the construction of a wall to keep out the barbarians. Now
As Hadrian's health deteriorated and with the death of his heir, Aelius Caesar, on New Years day138AD, a successor had to be selected. Antoninus was the chosen heir to be adopted by Hadrian. However, there were certain stipulations that Hadrian put forwar
Trajan is considered to be one of the greatest Emperors, famous for his building works. He built the first shopping mall, Trajan's Market, it was a large complex allowing merchants to sell their wares from all over the nation from its stalls, offices and
Augustus (Octavian) was the founder and first emperor of the Roman Empire. He is arguably one of the best emperors and ruled from 27 BC to 14 AD. He married three time but had only one daughter who could not take the throne. He adopted his grandsons and f
Constantius was the son of Constantine (the Great) and born in 317. He was made Caesar at the age of seven and commander of Gaul at the age of ten! He became in 337. His reign saw constant warfare on the borders, civil unrest and torment between his famil
Moneta or Juno Moneta was the Roman goddess of protection of funds and has given her name to the modern words money and monetisation. In ancient Rome, the coinage was struck in the Temple of Juno and a legend tells of when Gallic warriors tried to attack
Lucilla was the second daughter of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina II and was born 149 AD. She seems to have had a very sad life, starting with her betrothal to Lucius Verus at the age of only twelve. To make matters worse, he had been betrothed to her own m
Trajan is considered to be the most successful emperor the Roman Empire ever had, despite reigning for only 19 years. He was born in 53 AD and adopted by Nerva in 97 AD whose weak leadership needed a popular military figure to improve his standing. Howeve
Vibia Sabina was the daughter of Trajan's' favourite niece, Matidia, and when Sabina married Hadrian in 100 AD, it would have seemed that Hadrian was set for an imperial future. They had a 37 year marriage but it was childless and rumours were rife that
Obverse: [P FONTE]IVS P F CAPITO III VIR, helmeted and draped bust of Mars, right, with trophy over shoulder.
Reverse: MN FONT TR MIL (MN and NT in monogram), horseman galloping right about to spear a warrior below who is attacking a third disarmed comba