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Die Marks and the Organization of the Roman Mint: An...
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Die Marks and the Organization of the Roman Mint: An RRDP Case Study
By Lucia Carbone

by Alice Sharpless and Lucia Carbone

The purpose of control marks in Roman Republican coinage is not well understood. Beginning as early as 112 BCE, the Roman mint began experimenting with control marks. Sometimes these control marks were unique to the die and sometimes they were not. Control mark systems employed a very wide use of numbers, letters, and symbols. So far, the issues released to RRDP include 40 with control marks. Much has been written about the potential function of such marks. Back in 1987, A. Burnett suggested that die marks “were apparently [originally] intended to keep track of the…

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Identifying Roman Coins: An OCRE Tool
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Identifying Roman Coins: An OCRE Tool
By Nathan Elkins

Although fundamental to our discipline, one of the most difficult skills to teach aspiring Roman numismatists is how to identify…

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Hersh’s Die Study of Gaius Antonius’ Denarii
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Hersh’s Die Study of Gaius Antonius’ Denarii
By The American Numismatic Society

By Liv Mariah Yarrow

I never had the pleasure of meeting Charles Hersh in his lifetime, but over these last few…

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Pax Romana
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Pax Romana
By Lucia Carbone

Auferre trucidare rapere falsis nominibus imperium, atque ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.To plunder, butcher, steal, these things they misname empire:…

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Ancient Coins and (Modern) Object Biographies
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Ancient Coins and (Modern) Object Biographies
By Nathan Elkins

One way to study numismatic objects is through the lens of the anthropological/archaeological concept of object biography. A helpful guide…

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Revising Crawford’s Roman Republican Coinage  from RRDP: The case...
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Revising Crawford’s Roman Republican Coinage from RRDP: The case of RRC 367
By The American Numismatic Society

by Alice Sharpless

This blog post is a preliminary version of an article to be submitted for peer review. Comments and…

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Third RRDP Data Release
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Third RRDP Data Release
By The American Numismatic Society

by Liv M. Yarrow and Alice Sharpless

This post announces the third data release from the Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP)….

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Coins and Target Audiences in the Roman Empire
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Coins and Target Audiences in the Roman Empire
By Nathan Elkins

December 28, 2021. I spend a lot of time thinking about the significance and intent behind certain images on ancient…

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Financing Sulla’s Reconquest of Italy (Pt. II)
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Financing Sulla’s Reconquest of Italy (Pt. II)
By Lucia Carbone

Fig. 1. Athens. New Style tetradrachm with monogram interpreted as ΜΑΡΚΟΥ (Lucullus)/ ΤΑΜΙΟΥ. Thompson 1313. ANS 2015.20.871 (bequest of R….

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Financing Sulla’s Reconquest of Italy (Pt. I)
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Financing Sulla’s Reconquest of Italy (Pt. I)
By Lucia Carbone

Fig. 1. So-called “Sulla,” a copy (probably from the time of Augustus) after a portrait of an important Roman from…

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Money, Pain, and Human Sentiment
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Money, Pain, and Human Sentiment
By Nathan Elkins

As one of the leading international centers of numismatic research, it’s no surprise that the stories coins tell about the…

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New Data Release from the RRDP Project
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New Data Release from the RRDP Project
By Lucia Carbone

by Alice Sharpless and Lucia Carbone

This blog post accompanies the second release of data for the RRDP Project. You can…

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