|Featured coins from the collection:|
|Antonia Minor (mother of Claudius)|
|Valerian I (253-260)|
|Gallienus & Salonina (253-268)|
|Valerian II (256-258) & Saloninus (258-260)|
|Claudius II Gothicus (268-270)|
|Aurelian & Severina (270-275)|
|Carus, Carinus & Numerian (282-285)|
|Carausius (287-293) & Allectus (293-296)|
|Constantius I (293-306)|
|Constantine I (306-337)|
|City Commemoratives (330-346)|
|Constantine II, Constantius II, Constans (316-361)|
|Magnentius & Decentius (350-353)|
|Arcadius & Eudoxia (East:383-408)|
|Theodosius II (East:402-450)|
|Leo I & Verina (East:457-474)|
|The coins featured in this section were chosen to|
illustrate specific events or stories. They should
not be taken as representative for a series or ruler.
Preserving our freedom to collect
I've collected coins since I was very young having been started by my grandmother giving me old coins, and a "penny book" of Jefferson nickels. Staying with the popular US coins I eventually started specializing in the Jefferson nickels, collecting proof and full-step uncirculated coins. After a few years I examined my collection and realized that, to the casual observer, the coins all looked the same. I was paying high prices for miniscule differences, like date and mintmark, yet the collection looked so insignifigant as a whole.
About this time (10 or so years ago) the small local yearly coin show opened, and I went to visit with no intention of purchasing anything. One booth had a book of ancient coins in flips - I had no idea that ancient coins were available, and certainly not that any would actually be affordable! I came home with a small bronze coin of Constantine I in abyssimal condition. A short time later I purchased a book (Van Meter's "Handbook of Roman Imperial Coins", which I highly recommend!) and set out to learn all I could about these fascinating pieces.
Since they were hand struck, each coin is different from the next. Even if you found two struck from the same dies, the fact that they were done by hand assures that each will be at a different position on the flan, struck at a slightly different angle, with different force, etc.
I think these coins were fascinating. Who was the ruler? What attributes was he displaying? What is the signifigance of the reverse design? Since the coins were so ubiquitous, they were an excellent means of propaganda and were certainly used as such - exactly what was the ruler trying to say with this particular coin? Of course, these questions apply to modern coins too, but not to the same extent, or with as much variety.
This website originally started as a private area so that I could see my collection of Gallienus "Zoo" coins if I was away from home, to better keep a look out for varieties I didn't yet have. Finding that this series was popular I decided to display this collection for others, and the other articles eventually appeared as my interests have expanded. This collection is a labor of love and a testament to the history that can be seen through each coin.
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