Ancient Roman Coins are highly sought after by coin collectors and dealers. They have historical value, and some of the rarer coins are valuable, making them one of the most collected of all ancient coins.
Ancient Roman Coins are the most popular and interesting coinage in the world. Even people who aren’t collectors are interested in owning a piece of Roman history. Roman Denarius are the most popular coins. If you’re a coin fanatic, you may like to add an old Roman coin to your collection!
A History of Ancient Roman Coins
There are ten denominations of ancient Roman coins, which were manufactured in the Roman Republic. The oldest coins are the Didrachm, which was struck before 211 B.C. These coins were created by hand, which makes them all the more unique and interesting.
Artists engraved the coin's design onto a thick bronze disk, which was fitted into an anvil. They would then create another design for the reverse of the coin and engrave it onto the end of a punch.
The Romans used blank coins, which were primitive metal disks, similar to what the Mints use today. These would be placed one at a time on the anvil die. The punch would then be placed over the top and would be struck using a hammer. The punch would usually need to be hammered multiple times to print the design onto the metal.
Early Roman coins contained high percentages of precious metal and were circulated across Europe. Many ancient Roman coins have survived, and some are still in fantastic condition. Roman coins depicted the Emperors that served at the time. However, many of them had such brief reigns that coinage was never produced with their head on the obverse. The reverse of ancient Roman coins typically features the gods' image, or of a soldier or gladiator. Some have other artistic depictions, and later coins have images of buildings.
Old Roman Coins
Roman coins were struck using three types of metals, Gold, Silver, and more commonly, bronze. The coins were different sizes and weights, depending on their value. The earliest Roman coin that was ever discovered was thought to be from around 269 BC and was made out of bronze.
Ancient Roman coins were produced in over forty different cities. There was a mint in Rome called Juno Monet, from which the term ‘money’ was derived. The word ‘coin’ came from ‘consecratio,’ which was money issued by the Emperor to honor and pay tribute to deceased family members.
The Roman empire had a strong political and economic influence across the ancient world. They developed trading connections with many other countries, including India, Iran, the Mediterranean, and Africa. Many Roman coins have been unearthed during archaeological excavations in these countries.
Roman Gold Coins
Roman gold coins contained 95% Gold and were called Aurei. The main Gold coin at the time was the Aureus Denarius. Silver coins were known as Denarius, and these were 85% silver. Gold coins from the Roman era are highly sought after today as they are valuable and interesting.
Silver and copper coins were used by ordinary citizens of the emperor and for merchants trading their goods. Wealthier people, including administrators and emperors, used the gold coins. The percentage of gold contained in the coin will impact its value. Gold Roman coins have a value that’s worth more than you’d pay for a piece of gold of the same weight. A Roman Honorius Gold coin that weighs 4.5 grams is worth between $700-$800 and potentially more in higher grade.
Roman Coins for Sale
At Bullion Shark, you’ll find a large selection of gold, silver, and bronze Roman Coins at fantastic prices. We have the largest choice of Roman coins on the web and can supply you with Silver Denarii or Bronze Aes of the Roman Republic, and everything in between. Many of our Roman coins are from the 3rd and 4th centuries. Although these are highly collectible and very popular, they are also affordable and make a great starting point for coin collectors interested in the ancient coin market.
The value of a Roman coin will depend on where it was issued, who was ruling the emperor at the time, and its denomination and condition. It’s often difficult to determine the value of a coin, and in many instances, coin collectors determine the cost. Ancient coin collectors are often willing to pay extra for coins they like or that are aesthetically pleasing. Sometimes this won’t represent the coin's real value. However, if other collectors or dealers share their opinion, the coin's value is likely to increase accordingly.