Archive – Late Roman Antiquity

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Helena, the First Christian Pilgrim

Inspired by a visit of the church of Santa Croce. David Hendin recalls to us the story of Helena, mother of Constantine, a "rags to riches" story, which ends with the first Christian pilgrim establishing the tradition of pilgrimage to the Holy Land and bringing to Rome pieces of the True Cross... more ]

A Struggle for Rome

During the auction week from October 8th-12th, Künker will be putting a rare solidus of Theodoric the Great up for auction. The piece, minted in Rome in the name of Emperor Anastasius I, presents a good opportunity to retell the history behind the coin. more ]

Emperors bearing Gifts

June 9, 2017, Münzen und Medaillen GmbH will auction off the Markus Weder collection at Weil am Rhein featuring some extremely rare miliarense. Claire Franklin will tell us the story of these coins. more ]

Maxentius, fighter for Rome

The year 307 was one of the most eventful in the history of the tetrarchy. A golden medallion, offered by Hess-Divo at auction 334, refers to this history. On it, Maxentius is being celebrated as defender of Rome. more ]

Large Coin Hoard Found In Shropshire

In August a novice metal detector user reported his first find: the largest coin hoard ever found in Shropshire county. Over 9,000 Roman coins from the 4th century AD may have been buried as ritual offering. HM Coroner declared the finding treasure... more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 2

Silifke, ancient Seleucia on the Calycadnus, is a small provincial town in the middle of nowhere nearby which once Frederick Barbarossa drowned. Follow us on our way to the ancient metropolis Antioch and into the marvellous grove of Daphne, that even today is in the modern Antiochenes’ favour as an important area for recreation. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 7

You don’t have to introduce Istanbul. Everyone knows the beautiful city at Bosporus River. This was our last stop on our journey across Turkey. After having been to areas with barely any touristic infrastructure it was almost a civilization shock to finally get anything again a tourist would wish. more ]

OCRE – A major new tool for Roman numismatics

The American Numismatic Society in collaboration with New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, has launched a major new tool to aid in the identification, research and cataloging of the coins of the ancient world: OCRE. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain (2012)

In April 2012 Ursula Kampmann travelled through Northern Spain. During the summer she published her numismatic diary of this travel. Here you can read all single parts. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009)

In the summer 2009 Ursula Kampmann travelled through Turkey – of course searching for numismatic traces as she always does. She condensed her impressions in a diary whose single parts we have gathered here. more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece (2011)

In summer 2011 Ursula Kampmann travelled Greece writing about her numismatic – and other – experiences a vivid diary. Here are all part gathered. more ]

The coinage of Maxentius

Maxentius ruled between 306 and 312, as the last emperor who had a residence in Rome. His comprehensive coinage makes ample reference to the great past of the Eternal City. Now, a corpus of his coinage has been published which Ursula Kampmann introduces you to here. more ]

Egypt and Alexandria. A brief numismatic survey

In this series Ursula Kampmann invites you to a trip though the history of Egypt and its capital Alexandria by its coinage. more ]

Exhibition in Fairfield, Connecticut: “Hair in the Classical World”

The Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University opened an exhibition on “Hair in the Classical World.” On display are objects and images from the Bronze Age through late Antiquity, including sculptures and, of course, coins. more ]

New ANS grant project on hoard analysis

HARP is the title of the latest grant project of the American Numismatic Society, aiming to create a tool that provides a global analysis of patterns of coinage circulation from Archaic to Byzantine times. more ]

ANS launches online catalogue with Egyptian National Library

The American Numismatic Society announced the digital publication of the non-hoard numismatic collection of the Egyptian National Library, in collaboration with the universities of Washington and Cairo. more ]

COIN YEARBOOK 2016 released

Covering all British coins from the first Celtic issues to present-day currency, the latest volume of the best-selling coin price guide in the United Kingdom, the COIN YEARBOOK 2016, has been released. more ]

British Museum presents an exhibition on 4000 years of Sicilian art

The British Museum shows the impressive exhibition ‘Sicily: culture and conquest’. Over 4000 years of history on the island are explored through objects in the museum’s own collection alongside outstanding loans from Sicily and around the world. more ]

Money in Ancient Rome

Republic, Senate, Dictator, we all know what these terms do mean. And we tend to transfer the modern interpretation to Ancient Rome. Nevertheless, then politics was completely different. What it did look like, you will learn in this PDF slideshow series. more ]

Coin Hoard Dates the End of the City Center of Ephesos

Austrian archaeologists recovered a coin hoard in Ephesos which dates exactly when the administrative centre of Ephesos lost its purpose. more ]

Game over for the Ephesus excavation?

After more than 120 years, the Austrian Archaeological Institute has lost its excavating licence. The Turkish government thus strikes back against Austrian attitudes towards Turkey. more ]

Welcome to Iran! Part 11: Persepolis! At last!

If ever there was a reason why I wanted to travel Iran, it was Persepolis, the capital of the Persians with its incredible Apadana. Finally the day has come. We are going to see the city of cities! more ]

Yorkshire Museum acquires Wold Newton Hoard

The largest Tetrarchic hoard ever discovered in the North of England will stay in the Yorkshire Museum thanks to generous donations. Currently the coins are treated for conservation but will be revealed soon. Andrew Woods reports. more ]

500 years of Roman portrait art

Andreas Pangerl has initiated a book that constitutes a bibliophile declaration of love to the artworks of Roman mint masters. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the illustrated book and its articles on Roman portrait art. more ]

Gems, rings and seal boxes from Caesarea Maritima

In 2016, a content-rich book on a private collection of gems, finger rings and seal boxes was written in Tel Aviv. The objects of the collection all have one common trait: they were all found in Caesarea Maritima. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

International Symposium “Byzantine Gold Coins in the World of Late Antiquity”

In Changchun (China) an International Symposium on “Byzantine Gold Coins in the World of Late Antiquity” will take place from 23 to 25 June 2017. Central questions deal with globalisation and cultural exchange between East and West. more ]

Spectacular solidi hoard found in the Netherlands

41 Roman solidi have been discovered in an orchard in the Gelderland province. They may have served to pay a local ruler to assist in the fight against Germanic tribes. This is a promising start for a newly established project that aims at recording private archaeological finds. more ]

Words and Coins

A completely different exhibition concept was the basis of a 2012 exhibition held in Cologny, a suburb of Geneva, the catalog of which we present here. It focused on words and images, on books and coins. Ursula Kampmann took a look at the catalog. more ]

COIN YEARBOOK app 2017 available

The first ever price guide to British coins in app form has now been released by TokenPublishing. Available on IOS and Android, the two editions address both the discerning collector and the specialized numismatist. more ]

“Faces of Power” – Exhibition in Jerusalem

The Israel Museum shows ‘Faces of Power. Roman Gold Coins from the Victor A. Adda Collection until June 2018. Haim Gitler describes the exhibition and the story of arguably “one of the century’s major collections of Roman gold coins”. more ]

ANS provides online image-zooming feature

The American Numismatic Society will make its highest-resolution images available. With 160,000 numismatic objects photographed thus far, this will enable researchers to zoom down into minute details, in order to assist them in their work. more ]

Coin hoard unveils the location of a settlement

A coin hoard in the Bulgarian city of Mezdra offers new insights into local history. Archaeologists expect a hitherto unknown settlement at the site of around 1,000 silver coins of imperial times – most of which are already gone. more ]

Serdica’s mint found?

In 2015, Bulgarian archaeologists found a gigantic Roman hoard in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. They are convinced that a mint was located there during late antiquity. Other experts have reason to doubt this claim. more ]

Gold Treasure Found Under Theater in Como

In Como, construction workers have discovered an incredible find of 300 gold coins from the 5th century AD. We do not know much so far, but media outlets already repeat an alleged market value of several millions of euros. Is the treasure really worth that much? more ]

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