Roman Silver Coins
Title: “Roman Silver Coins – A Price Guide” (and also an excellent aid to identification)
ISBN: 978-0-948964-54-1. Retail price: £6.30 (approx US$11.00)
ISBN (eBook version): 978-0-901170-20-0. Retail price: between £3.50 – £4.00 (US$7.00)
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Published: 2010 (3rd edition)
Review: Dave says: “If, like me, you are new to Roman coin collection I would strongly recommend this book to help you understand the types and indicative value of coins”.
See a page illustration. (low res 32k GIF of page 56 of 2005 version)
“Roman Silver Coins – A Price Guide” contains market values in GBP and USD for Roman Silver coins (including very base silver and silver plated/washed) used in the Republic, Imperial Empire and breakaway Gallic, British and other usurper Empires, as well as the later divided East and West Empires.
For the first time, the most commonly encountered Silver Roman coins can be inexpensively identified and some idea of value can be gained. The line drawings of most obverse types mean that the legend is clear and readable in the book, and it makes a great aid to identification, as does the alphabetical list of emperors/empresses.
Just like its popular partner title (Roman Base Metal Coins – A Price Guide) this book includes instructions on cleaning silver Roman coins and a list of Roman mint town mintmarks. It also includes an alphabetical list of Emperors/Caesars/Empresses and information on Roman coin grading. The book is ordered by design type initially, then chronologically from Augustus onwards. With the introduction of different coin types clearly mentioned, together with some historical notes, it also gives an easy to follow explanation of the Roman base metal coinage and how it changed over 740 years.
Above: Julia Domna Silver Denarius, dated 196-211 AD.
Left: A line drawing, of the type used throughout the book, and drawn by the author. Not as colourful as real photographs, but there is no doubt they can often be more of a help with identification. The legends are always readable and the details are always very clear.