David L. Vagi
Beginning with the aftermath of the Italian Social War (91-88 BCE) and continuing through the fall of the West (480 CE), this book chronicles more than 550 eventful years of the most successful empire in the history of the Western world.
The effluence and straight-forward presentation allows the collector to appreciate the historical context of coins and to appraise them with greater accuracy than ever before. When possible, values are given in three grades, reflecting the reality of the marketplace.
The reader is treated to thorough discussions of denominations, mints, dates, inscriptions, portraiture, reverse types, deities and personifications, purchasing power and many other aspects of Roman coinage. The text is supplemented with a photographic guide to grading and a candid discussion of the other factors the affect the market value of ancient coins.
With 284 insightful biographies, few stones remain unturned. From the age of Pompey and Julius Caesar to the rise of Christendom in the 4th and 5th centuries, the biographies offer factual accounts of many noble Romans. Furthermore, they offer frank appraisals of the subject's personality and significance to history. Several new inductees will surprise even the most seasoned collector.