Gladiators and gods, aqueducts and Augustuses, togas and triumvirates, legions and lions: fifteen centuries after the fall, Rome remains fixed in the popular culture—and for good reason. For five full centuries, from the ascension of Caesar Augustus in 27 BC to the barbarian sack of its capital city in AD 476, Rome was the greatest empire in the world. Its influence is still felt in modern society.
Indeed, the entire history of the Roman Empire is revealed in its coinage. Coins were the newspapers of their day, used not only to transact business, but to share information. The portraits, legends, and reverse iconographies communicate imperial propaganda in the realms of politics, religion, domestic life and the military. All great events were commemorated in coinage.
This coin was minted during the late third, fourth, or early fifth century, a chaotic period representing the last pagan days of Rome. Roman coins circulated throughout the Empire, which stretched from Britain to the border of Persia, and as far away as India and China. They were minted in vast quantities for everyday transactions and often circulated for long periods of time.
CERTIFIED OVER 1500 YEARS OLD
This genuine antiquity is an authentic Imperial Roman bronze coin struck between AD 240 and 410. Coins like this circulated throughout the vast empire, which comprised most of Europe, northern Africa, and Asia Minor, and beyond. Coins were hand-struck by inserting a metal blank between two dies and hammering the upper die; because of the crude system of manufacture, coins tend to be imperfectly shaped.
The size, weight, and denomination of the coins varied frequently over time. Many emperors instituted monetary reforms in an effort to stem the confusion, but typically contributed to the problems. There were at least 15 different denominations minted since the early days of the Roman Republic. Most coins feature the head of the Roman Emperor on the obverse. The reverse types are varied reflecting both current concerns and history and mythology. The most common themes are military, reflecting the political dominance of the Roman army.
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