From Art to Artifact:  Making Sense of Roman Coins

Denarius of Augustus


This type of Augustan coin was minted in Lugdunum (modern Lyon, France). It has been found in hoards in Spain and Britain, suggesting a wide distribution in the Western Empire. When this coin occurs in hoards it typically outnumbers all other Augustan coins. In fact, this issue of Augustan coins was one of the two most heavily minted coins throughout the history of the Roman Empire. The gold coins of this issue were also heavily exported to India, beyond the eastern edge of the empire.