Curiosities of ancient Rome (Coins)
The world of ancient Romans abounded in a number of amazing curiosities and information. The source of knowledge about the life of the Romans are mainly works left to us by ancient writers or discoveries. The Romans left behind a lot of strange information and facts that are sometimes hard to believe.
Coin in honor of victory at Actium
Roman coin was minted in honour of Octavian Augustus’ victory over Mark Antony and Cleopatra in the battle of Actium in 31 BCE. Octavian and his friend and commander Marcus Agrippa are depicted on the obverse. On the reverse, there is a crocodile pinned to a palm branch, which symbolizes the joining of Egypt with Rome.
Amor and Neptune on Roman coin
Hadrian on Roman coin
Roman coin (sestertius) showing Emperor Hadrian on the obverse. The coin was intended to emphasize the ruler’s actions to strengthen the border in Germania, and was minted in Rome at the end of his reign (117-138 CE).
Octavian’s coin with inscription AEGVPTO CAPTA
Golden aureus of Marcus Junius Brutus
Golden aureus Marcus Junius Brutus, one of the murderers of Julius Caesar. Object dated to 43-42 BCE. The artifact is in The British Museum.
Roman denarius showing Sulla
Roman denarius showing the dictator Lucius Cornelius Sulla. The object is dated around 54 BCE, so it was made posthumously (Sulla died in 78 BCE). The artifact is in The British Museum in London.
Roman gold coin of Vespasian
Roman gold coin (aureus) showing Emperor Vespasian on one side and the Temple of Vesta with four columns and three statues on the other.
Coin of Brutus engraved with words “EID MAR”
One of the most famous coins of the ancient world – Roman silver denarius of Marcus Junius Brutus with the words “EID MAR” stamped on it. These words refer to the date of the murder of dictator Julius Caesar – on the Ides of March – March 15, 44 BCE The coin was minted between 43 and 42 BCE.
Silver coin of Volusianus
The silvered antoninianus of Emperor Volusianus from 251 CE. Volusianus (Gaius Vibius Afinius Gallus Veldumnianus Volusianus) was the son of Emperor Trebonian Gala, with whom he co-ruled the Roman state in the years 251-253 CE.