Ancient Coins

Let's start working on the list of ancient coin books here.

8 years ago

Here are my recommendations for references on Roman coins (from the Republic to the Empire):

Roman Republic
Roman Republican Coinage by Michael Crawford. Cambridge, 1974.
The Coinage of the Roman Republic by E. A. Sydenham. London, 1952.

Roman Imperatorial
The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators by David Sear. London, 1998.

Roman Empire
The Roman Imperial Coinage by Various Authors. 10 volumes.

8 years ago

"Totally inappropriate."

Absolutely agreeable. /\
Also, an excellent start on the list. I will use this sometime in the future. (if I remember)

8 years ago

For Byzantine Coins, the standard reference is Sear's Byzantine Coins and Their Values

Greek coins are a little bit trickier. As a (very) general reference, Sear's Greek Coins and Their Values, published in two volumes, is a good starting point. We can start talking about more specific books here as well.

8 years ago

Simply could NOT avoid the joke:

Ancient coin books? Is that ancient books about coins, or books about ancient coins?

Sorry. I'm over it now. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming....

8 years ago


8 years ago

Channel Groucho Marx here:

"Ancient coin books, huh? I got a 1947 Red Book here that's seen better days. And Walter Breen? There's a book, right? Breen, Breen, best damned book I ever seen. Say da secret woid, win a hunnerd dollahs.

Say, what's in the bag?

Hey, hey, you sure you wanna ask a lady questions like that on TV?"

8 years ago

Hi.  I'm just starting to get interested in Byzantine coins, and want to get a good reference with a broad overview and some detail, but something that's not too expensive (I haven't committed completely!).  Any suggestions?  Thanks.

8 years ago

David Sear's Byzantine Coins and Their Values meets both criteria. It's the standard reference on Byzantine coins, and it's relatively inexpensive. I don't actively collect Byzantine, but it's in my library.

8 years ago

Thanks!  We'll see where this takes me!

8 years ago
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