Reading and dating roman coins
They depicted the god Mars on the obverse and an eagle with the word Roma on the reverse. Aureus: the base gold coin; originally worth 20 denarii Quinarius: cast in silver and gold; both worth two sestertii Solidus: introduced by Constantine I to replace the aureus; worth one denarius Semis: worth 1/2denarius or 1/2 solidus Triens: worth 1/3 denarius Chrysostom Graves received his Bachelor of Arts in American studies from Eckerd College where he graduated magna cum laude.
by David Sear is the standard reference used by dealers and collectors all over the world. 498, 22 years after the traditional date given for the Fall in the West.
The last time the author checked, the going price was .00 series, published by Seaby in five volumes is probably one of the most thorough catalogs of the Roman silver issues available to the collector and student.
Unlike many scholarly references, ths coins are arranged by emperor, then alphabetically by reverse legend rather than by mint.
The downside of obtaining this series for the average collector is the high cost for these thin little volumes.
Recently, the price has zoomed to .00 each, making a complete set sell for 5.00.