Coin Relief 36 – Sol’s last dawn

Welcome to another edition of Coin Relief! In this issue Sam Moorhead discusses an enigmatic coin type that continues to generate discussion… Sol’s last dawn, at Thessalonica in AD 319 Figure 1: A copper alloy nummus of Crispus Caesar with Sol reverse, mint of Thessalonica. Record ID is NCL-D720B2 (Portable Antiquities Scheme, License: CC-BY-SA). In …more

Coin Relief 35 – Maximinus I and Maximus

Welcome to another edition of Coin Relief. In this issue, Sam Moorhead examines the coinage of the two Maxes: Maximinus I, a man who was max by name and by nature, and his son Maximus. The coinage of Maximinus I and Maximus (AD 235-8) Maximinus was a giant Thracian (Scriptores Historiae Augustae tells us that he …more

Coin Relief 34 – Augustus

Welcome to the latest edition of Coin Relief. In this issue, Andrew Brown looks at the coinage of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus. Augustus, c.27 BC to AD 14 In September 31 BC, Gaius Octavius (Octavian) was victorious at the Battle of Actium and gained undisputed control over the Roman Republic. Octavian was the great-nephew of Julius …more

Coin Relief 33 – “Camp Gate” nummi

Welcome to another issue of Coin Relief. In this edition, Andrew Brown examines a rather funky series of nummi – the “Camp Gate” type. These are identifiable by the fabulous depiction of a camp gate on their reverse. The ‘Camp Gate’ nummus issues of AD 317-330 This piece covers one particular reverse type of the Fourth …more

Coin Relief 32 – “Fallen Horsemen” coins

Welcome to the next edition of Coin Relief! In this issue, Sam Moorhead looks at the “fallen horseman” coin type. FEL TEMP REPARATIO and SPES REI PVBLICE nummi In a previous edition, I wrote about the ReformedCoinage of AD 348-50, outlining the three different nummi(AE2a, AE2b and AE3 sizes) and their types. In the early years of …more

Coin Relief 30 – The Imperial women of Elagabalus

The Imperial Women of Elagabalus  Elagabalus struck coins for five female members of the imperial family, his grandmother Julia Maesa, his mother Julia Soaemias, and his wives Julia Paula, Julia Aquilia Severa and Annia Faustina. Julia Maesa, AD 218-222 or later Julia Maesa was the sister of Julia Domna (Septimius Severus’ wife) and grandmother of Elagabalus. The …more

Coin Relief 29 – Elagabalus

The coinage of Elagabalus, AD 218-222 After the death of Caracalla in AD 217, Macrinus and his son Diadumenian reigned for just over a year. However, the Severan dynasty was not finished. Elagabalus, born Varius Avitus Bassianus, was the grandson of Julia Maesa; she was the younger sister of Julia Domna, the wife of Septimius Severus. Elagabalus’ …more