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Ancient Rome 3-pc Legacy Set NGC VF-AU
Journey Back to Ancient Rome
Hey, we get it – ancient coins are infinitely fascinating, but they can also be rather intimidating. Which coins should you start with? What sets one apart from another? It’s not necessarily as easy as comparing dates and mint marks modern American coins. That’s why we put together this unique Ancient Rome Three-Piece Legacy Set, which brings together three different ancient coins from three distinctly different Roman eras: Roman Republic, Roman Empire and Roman Provincial.
To further assist you in your journey through ancient Roman history, we called upon one of the world’s most experienced guides in author Jeff Garrett. An author and former president of the Professional Numismatic Guild, Garret is also a consultant to the Smithsonian’s National Numismatic Collection. Garrett personally inspected the coins in this set.
- Your sojourn starts in the days of the Roman Republic, when Rome was still ruled by the Senate with this Roman Republic Silver Victoriatus (211–208 B.C.). The first mass-produced coin of Rome, it was struck to pay soldiers in the Republic’s campaign against Hannibal the Great’s battle-hardened troops of Carthage and financed other aspects of the war like paying for food, equipment and mercenaries. These coins also helped raise morale among the troops and boosted the confidence of Roman allies that had been battered by Hannibal.
- Next is a Silver Denarius of Antoninus Pius (A.D. 138–161), struck in the days of the Roman Empire—a time of great expansion and conquest. The Roman Empire grew out of the Republic after the fall of Julius Caesar. Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius was noted as being one of the Five Good Emperors who presided over the most majestic days of the Roman Empire. So little strife occurred during his reign from A.D. 138-161 that he was given the title of Pater Patriae meaning “Father of the Country.”
- Last in the set is a Silver Drachm of Gordian III (A.D. 238–244), struck during the Roman Provincial Era when Rome controlled vast territories. These provincial coins were struck outside of Italy to serve some of those distant Provinces. Normally minted in bronze, this drachm is silver! Named Emperor at 13 by popular acclaim (and military backing), Gordian III’s reign lasted just six years until he, too, was assassinated, ushering in the “crisis of the third century,” an era that lasted less than 50 years, witnessed 25 different emperors, and seriously weakened the empire.
Each coin in this set has been professionally authenticated, graded and encapsulated by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in Very Fine to About Uncirculated (VF-AU) condition and the entire set will come displayed in a beautiful presentation case. Plus, your set will come with a booklet published by NGC entitled Introduction to Ancient Coins. As an added bonus, you will also receive a copy of the hardcover book Ancient Coin Collecting: The Roman World personally signed by author Wayne Sayles.
If you’re looking to begin collecting ancient coins, start here. We’ve already done the work for you by seeking out these milestone coins that allow you to follow the growth of the Roman world and the origins of Western civilization. Start your numismatic journey through the ancient world of Rome today!
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