I’m due to produce by Mar 1 a draft of something readable on the end of small change at Rome. (I blogged a little about this last May). I started this morning by making myself a spreadsheet by dumping csv data out of CRRO and then cleaning it up and adding new info. Dump was… Continue reading Semuncia
So this is the first appearance of Apollo on the obverse of a Roman coin type since the creation of the stable denarius system (so 211 BCE).* It is the very smallest of the bronze: 1/12 of an As. So originally you’d have needed 120 of these to equal a single denarius and after the… Continue reading An very odd uncia, in an already odd series
a handy PDF (and this way if I have to cut it short you can still see everything I wanted to talk about)
When was the last semuncia struck before the 100s? RRC 160/5. Wow that looks a great deal like the obverse of the Tubulus right down to the backwards sigma behind Diana’s head. Curious I wonder if Crawford’s date of the dolphin series is update…. Why yes McCabe has done some serious work on it. He… Continue reading Long Family Memories?
I’ll admit the style of the Roma head on this unique uncia of Thorius (RRC 316) has been bothering me. Like what’s up with that bulbous up turned nose and huge eyes? But this specimen of RRC 315/1 has made me feel better about it. Plausibly by the same hand even if the Thorius specimen… Continue reading A question of style
I’m writing up my notes-thoughts on RRC 290/6 for the paper on small change for the RBW conference next week. I just wrote this sentence: The unciae looks like the type was designed to be used on a denarius that was never struck. As I stare at the two known specimens I wonder if I… Continue reading A denarius that never was?
So the final sextans was c. 92 BCE as part of RRC 335 (CRRO erroneously lists this issue as c. 96 BCE whereas Crawford assigns it ‘late 90s’), but is only ‘signed’ by C. Publicius Malleolus, meaning the only indication of maker is the hammer above the name Roma in the field above the prow.… Continue reading End of the Sextans
I swore I had a post on this topic back from like 2013 when the blog was still anonymous. Can’t find it, so am throwing some info up for future reference. #Scripulum #Scripula #Scrupulum #Scrupula A scruple is a 1/288 division of something, usually a pound, so 1/24th of an ounce or uncia. For the… Continue reading Missing Blog Post on Scruples
So I’m thinking about the uncia RRC 290/6 but that makes me of course think about other Mars-in-quadriga types and I ended up at that old puzzle about that figure next to Mars on RRC 232/1: I’ve blogged about it before. I need to let it go. I’ve been through Schaefer’s collection of die images… Continue reading Mars in a Quadriga
Why do I always look at the plates of every book on antiquities I come across? Because you never know what you might spot! No. 7 here is clearly RRC 308/4b! No. 8 is likely RRC 98a/8. See previous post on semunciae for latter. Update 2/23/21: So I got to play around with Neapolitan weight… Continue reading Small Change in Riccio’s Luceria