Online Coins of the Roman Empire

A corpus of coin types from the Roman Empire, from Augustus (27 B.C.) to Zeno (A.D. 491).

Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE), a joint project of the American Numismatic Society and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, is a revolutionary new tool designed to help in the identification, cataloging, and research of the rich and varied coinage of the Roman Empire. The project will ultimately record every published type of Roman Imperial Coinage from Augustus in 31 BC, until the death of Zeno in AD 491. This will create an easy to use digital corpus, with downloadable catalog entries, incorporating almost 50,000 types of coins. To date, about 20,000 coin types are described, from 30 BC until AD 238, effectively covering the entire High Empire until the Crisis of the Third Century.

The current version provides links to examples present in the ANS collection, the Münzkabinett of the State Museum of Berlin, the University of Virginia Art Museum, and the British Museum, now totalling nearly 25,000 physical specimens. Between these collections, OCRE is now able to illustrate 50% of the imperial coin types that it contains. Moving forward, as more collections join the project, it will eventually incorporate and display almost all recorded Roman Imperial coin types. Furthermore, it draws findspot information from another ANS-developed resource, Coin Hoards of the Roman Republic, enabling the mapping of the distribution of early Augustan types.

OCRE is made possible by stable numismatic identifiers and linked open data methodologies established by the Nomisma.org project. Coin type data are made available with an Open Database License. All images are copyright of their respective institutions. OCRE is built on the numbering system created by the Roman Imperial Coinage series. For details of the printed volumes of his series please visit Spink & Son (https://www.spinkbooks.com/section.php?xSec=43%26xPage=1).

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In May 2014, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded OCRE $300,000 as part of the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program, to be dispersed over three years, to complete the project. Press release

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