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Periods: Roman Empire

Understand History Behind Roman Republic Coinage

The period of Republic in Rome saw the development in its monetary system later than the other empires around it. Before the introduction of coinage, Rome consists two important forms of value in its economy Aes rude-a irregular shaped piece of bronze and Aes signatum- cast flat bar made of bronze which needed to be weight in each transaction.

But later on, heavy cast Bronze Roman coins called Aes Grave were introduced. The standard coin of the early Roman republic coins was AS and it was also the monetary unit. The start of the second Punic war also saw the introduction of the varies small denomination like Unica, Semuncia, semis, Dupondius, Triens, sextans, quadrans, etc which were struck not cast also known as the early struck Roman republic coinage.

The other neighbours of the Roman republic had a good and advance coinage like Greece so it didn't surprise anyone when the coin similar to the Greek coinage was found in the Roman Republican coins. These types of silver coins were known as didrachm. Ancient Roman Republican coinage consist denomination in gold, silver and bronze metal.

In later centuries Roman Republic introduced its own monetary system called denarius as its monetary unit. All the Roman coins were minted by the moneyer's under the order of the senate but the early coin due to lack of data regarding the minting authority comes under anonymous issue. The last phase of Roman republic saw the coins issued by the moneyer with their initial. They also issued coin consist name of people from powerful political families. This coinage also consists provincial and war time issues.

Mintage world is ecstatic to present a platform to study and understand the ancient coinage of Roman republic to its viewer's. Study the coins of Roman Republic under the rule of a senate (Council of governing member) during ancient time.