Wednesday, June 17, 2009

David B's Coin

Valens 367-375 AD
AE3 (bronze 18 to 20mm), (2.226 g)

Obv: DN VALEN - S PF AVG. “Our lord Valens – father pious happy
revered.” On the front there is a picture of a man with a beaded crown

Rx: SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE R O M ASISCR. “Security of the republic.”
On the reverse there is a picture of a robed man with wings holding a

Mint SISC (Siscia mint)

Biography: Valens was the emperor of Eastern Rome. Born in 328, but was only appointed emperor 364. He was emporer until his death in 378. Valens is often known for his wars with the Goths. The wars started as a coup against Valens himself. But he was mortaly wounded during the war, it is said he was killed by and arrow. Another theory is that he was captured and the enemies did not realize who they had captured and just executed him.Enter text here.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Erin D's Coin

Gratian (376 B.C. – 83 A. D.)

            AE 4 15 mm, 1.96 gm

            Obv: SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE (The Security of the Republic)

         Pearl diadem head left

         Rx: D N GRATIANVS P F AVG

(Dominus: lord) (Noster: our) (GRATIANVS: Gratianus/Gratinan) (Pius: loyal) (Felix: blessed) (AVG: Augustus/revered one

         Victory walking, crown

         Mint Mark not visible        

Gratian (Flavius Gratianus) was born April 18, 359 to emperor Valentinian I and Marina Severa. He became consulate of 336 with Flavius Dagalifus. Gratian was named consul for the second time in 371 along with Petronius Probus, and again in 374, with Flavius Equitius. That year he also married Constantia, daughter of the late emperor Constantius II. He was soon appointed Augustus of the West, and as he grew into more rule. He was known for the assimilation of barbarians, but his inability to handle battle left the empire in a state of distress under his rule. He was a decent ruler, but not what the Roman Empire needed at the time.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Ryan Grunseich Latin
Final Project 6/6/09

Emperor: Marcus Licinius Crassus 115 B.C. -53B.C.
Obverse depiction: The head of Licinius wearing a crown. He is facing right.
Reverse depiction: Jupiter standing with a staff in one hand and a small figure in the other. There is a bird on the ground to the left.
Weight: 2.84g
Diameter: 2cm
Metal: Bronze
Mint: Thessalonica

Marcus Licinius Crassus:
Licinius was born in Upper Moesia in about 250 AD, the son of a peasant. He rose through the ranks of the military and became the friend of Galerius. He defeated Spartacus in 71 BC, though Pompey claimed credit for the victory. Crassus joined Caesar and Pompey in the First Triumvirate in 60 BC. In 55 BC, he was made consul and given a special command in Syria, where he hoped to regain a military reputation equal to that of his allies by a victory over the Parthians. After some successes, he was defeated and killed.


Ms. Flood I am just going to email you the photo.

Luke Dutton's Coin

Constantius II-337-361 A.D.
17 mm to 21mm, 2.37g
Obv: Constantius AVG., Constantius II as Augustus, diadem
Rx. Emperor spearing fallen horseman,
“Fel Temp Reparatio (“The restoration of happy times”)
Man with spear, killing horseman
Mint of Alexandria or Constanople

Constantius II
Flavius Julius Constantius
AD 317- 361
Constantius II was born in Illyricum in August AD 317, the son of Constantine the Great and Fausta, and was proclaimed Caesar in AD 323. In AD 337, at the death of his father Constantine, he acceded to the throne together with his two brothers Constantine II and Constans. But this accession by the three brothers was tainted by the murder of their cousins Dalmatius and Hannibalianus, who Constantine wanted as his joint wives.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

John's Coin

John Gray Coin Project

Mrs. Flood 06/08/09



Coin Diameter: 1.5 cm

Weight: 1.94g

Metal: Bronze

Obverse depiction: A man looking right while wearing an olive branch

Reverse depiction: two soldiers standing by two standards

Obverse inscription: FL IVL CONSTANS NOB C

Obverse inscription translation: Flavius Julius Constans

Reverse inscription: Gloria Exeretvs

Reverse inscription translation: The Glory of the army

Mint Location: Siscia

Exergue Markings: Sisc

What features of this coin make it distinct: The soldiers holding two standards and the man who looks right.

Biography: Flavius Julius Constans, the third son of Constantine the Great, was emperor of Rome from the year 337 to 350, the year of his death. When Constantine the Great died he divided the empire amongst his three sons. Constans received Africa, Italy and Pannonia as his portion. Constantine II attempted to take advantage of his younger brother when he invaded Italy in 340. Despite his youth and inexperience Constans quelled the incursion and Constantine II was killed at Aquileia. Constans had many successful endeavors such as his campaign against the Franks in 343. In 350 Constans was betrayed by a general named Magnentius. With no support he fled to Gaul where he was eventually assassinated.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Blair's Coin

Blair Gordon                                                                                                      Latin Coin Project

Ms. Flood                                                                                                                       D-Even


-Coin Diameter- 2 cm

-Weight- 3.26 g

-Denomination- AE 20

-Metal- Silver coated bronze

-Obverse Depiction- Augustus is facing right

-Reverse Depiction- Sol standing with two captives at his feet

-Obverse Inscription- IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG- Emperor Caesar Marcus Aurelius Probus Augustus

-Reverse Inscription- ORIENS AVG

-Mint location- Made in the Western Empire (S)

-Exergue Markings- Late antoniniani (XXI)

-Die Orientation- Same side

-Distinct Features- Jupiter or Sol on the backside


Julius Caesar reigned from 49 B.C. to 44 B.C. in Rome. He was born into a wealthy family and when his father died when he was only sixteen, Caesar took over as the head of the family. He then ended his engagement to a plebian girl and married a member of the patrician class, Calpurnia. After he took the rule over Rome, he was murdered.



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Alex's Coin

AE4 17mm, 3.37g
Obv. CONSTANS FL IVL Constans Nob C
King (front)
Rx. Providtial Caess to the foresight of our Caesars
Castle (back)
6 tiers, 2 turrets, star above
Mint of Constantinople
Sear Number S-3961

Constantine- was known as Constantine the Great, he was the Roman Emperor from 306 AD. He is the first Christian Roman emperor, and was a religious tolerant emperor throughout his rein in Rome. In addition, Constantine also transformed a Greek colony of Byzantium into a new power of Constantinople, which is the capital of the Empire of Byzantine for over thousands of years.

Three Emperors by Ashley Gietl

Student: Ashley Gietl
Teacher: Ms. Flood
Class: Latin II
Period: D block even
Date Begun: 2/12/09

Coin Diameter 15mm
Weight 1.02 grams
Denomination AE4
Metal Bronze
Obverse Depiction
A man wearing a beaded headdress, he has a very small face, facing the right
Reverse Depiction
3 emperors, the one in the middle is smaller
Obverse Inscription
Reverse Inscription
Mint Location
Antioch mint's 4th workshop.
Exergue Markings
The mintmark reads ANT D (4)
Die Orientation

The coin “The Three Emperors,” is said to represent the three Emperors Arcadius, Honorius and Theodosius II. Since the last named was very young (about 5) he is shown smaller than his fellow Augusti. Arcadius was born in Spain, the elder son of Theodosius I and Aelia Flaccilla, and brother of Honorius. In this reign of a weak emperor dominated by court politics, a major theme was the ambivalence felt by prominent individuals and the court parties that formed and regrouped round them towards barbarians. Rulling the Western Roman Empire from 395 until his death was Honorius. He was the younger son of Theodosius I and his first wife Aelia Flaccilla, and brother of the Eastern Emperor Arcadius. Honorius was an exceptionally weak emperor. His throne was guarded by his principal general, Flavius Stilicho, who was successively Honorius's guardian (during his childhood) and his father-in-law. And lastly, Theodius was the grandson of Theodius I, the young emperor particularly enjoyed editing and correcting manuscripts. As he grew older and succeeded his father as sole ruler of the east in 408, Theodosius was instructed in the more martial skills of horsemanship, swordplay and perhaps other military arts as well.

kevin bisconti roman coin

coin diameter
2.54 g
Ae 4- about 17 mm- 21 mm
AE (bronze)
Obverse depiction
head facing to the right, picture from below the shoulders and u, wearing a diadem on his head, wearing a mantle
reverse depiction
an emperor walking to the right holding a labarum and dragging a captive by the hair
Reverse inscription
Gloria Romanorum- the glory of the Romans
mint location
Exergue markings
die orientation
die oreintation- when you flip the coin from the obverse to the reverse side the reverse side is upside down

Biography- The emperor that is seen on my coin Valentinian. Valentinian is often considered the last great western emperor. He assumed power in the year 346 and continued to rule until his death in 357. Valentinian was born in the year
321 in the cibalae, Pannonia. He would rise to power through the ranks of the military, he was a strong man both physically and mentally and he was also seen as a courageous person. Throughout his reign there were battles in Africa and in Germany as well as Brittan. What he did for this was strengthen the countries borders creating military forts all along the frontier. When he passed away his successor was Valeness, Gratain, and Vallenes the II. After his death their would no longer be any more strong rulers in the western empire.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Amy's Coin

Ancient Coin Project

By Amy Pepe


Emperor: Constantine I- 307-337 AD

Outer Appearance:

AE- (unknown)

Coin Diameter- 1.5 cm

Weight- 1.41 grams

OBV: DN CONSTAN-TVS AVG (Constantinus Augustus)

       Laureate head right


     Two Soldiers with Standards (worn away on the coin)

Ex: G-SIS (crescent symbol)

Mint: Mint of Siscia


Emperor Bio:  Constantine I lived from 307 AD to 337 AD. He had three sons named Constantine II, Constantine III, and Constans who all were his successors. His rule was called the Constantinian Empire, and had one of the largest Roman armies.


Monday, June 8, 2009

Serena's Ancient Coin

Coin Diameter: 20 mm

Weight" 4.29 g

Obverse Depiction: Bust with drapery and a head garment IUSPF AVG

Reverse Depiction: Person bending a knee on a sleigh lifting arm

Type of Coin: Old Pagan Gods, Jupiter or Sol

Emperor: Augustus

Emperor Biography: Augustus belonged to the gens Octavia and was the son of Caius Octavius, a praetor. He was the grand-nephew of (Caius) Julius Caesar, and was named in the latter's will as his principal heir. After the murder of Julius Caesar, the young Octavianus proceeded to Rome to gain possession of his inheritance. Though originally in league with the republican party, he eventually allied himself with Mark Antony. Through his own popularity, and in opposition to the will of the senate he succeeded (43 B.C.) in obtaining the consulate.

Dates: 316 AD

Other Info: AE3