Tag: roman empire
2,500 years ago, Greek artists invented portrait on coins. There was a reason for it: portraits were supposed to strengthen the loyalty of the ruler’s troops. After all, mercenaries should be aware of who brought the money. Andreas Pangerl is summarizing his history of portraiture.
“We continue to live in the good old days of the Republic.” This is what Augustus wanted to convey to his contemporaries after the bloody civil war. But his completely new and high-quality coins speak an entirely different language, as Florian Haymann points out.
A lovely story from Christmastime, before coronavirus took over our lives: instead of the usual small change, two ancient gold coins found their way into a red Salvation Army kettle. The coins have now been sold by Heritage Auctions.