As: The base bronze coin Semis: worth 1/2 an as Triens: worth 1/2 of an as Quadrans: worth 1/4 of an as Sextans: worth 1/6 of an as Uncia: worth 1/12 of an as Dupondius: worth two asses Tripondius: worth three asses Quadrussis: worth four asses Quincussis: worth five asses Decussis: worth 10 asses Follis: introduced by Emperor Diocletian; bronze with a silver wash Centenionalis: introduced by Emperor Constantine I; bronze with a silver wash Francesco Gnecchi states that the first silver coins were struck in 268 BCE.They depicted the goddess Minerva on the obverse and Castor and Pollux (the Dioscuri) with the word Roma on the reverse. Sestertius: the base silver coin; worth 2 1/2 asses Quinarius: worth two sestertii Victoriatus: originally used to replace foreign coinage; later worth two sestertii Denarius: worth four sestertii Antoninianus: introduced by Emperor Caracalla; worth eight sestertii Siliqua: introduced by Emperor Constantine I; worth 1/24 of a solidus Miliarensis: introduced by Emperor Constantine I; worth 1/14 of a solidus According to Gnecchi, the first gold coins were struck in 217 BCE.
Emperors sometimes instituted new denominations of coins, while others were replaced or simply fell out of circulation.
The base bronze coin was the As, the base silver coin was the Sestertius and the base gold coin was the Aureus.
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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.
From 2007-2009, he published his own language textbooks while also contributing to "Missao Vida," a monthly review of the mission field in Brazil.
Roman coins were minted in bronze, silver and gold.
Throughout the years, the values of coins have fluctuated with inflation and intentional debasing.
Organized chronologically by emperor, then by major type and then by reverse legend, Sear makes it quite easy to find a particular coin if you have done some basic inentification (or reasonable guessing). Most auction catalogs and dealer's fixed price lists list coins according to Sear number or variant on a type listed in Sear.