From Art to Artifact:  Making Sense of Roman Coins



This issue of coinage has been discovered in coin hoards, or collections of coins buried for safekeeping, throughout southern Italy and Sicily. This coin was probably minted at Rome. It was minted on the didrachm standard, the Greek weight standard used in southern Italy and Sicily. Since Roman coinage of the third century BCE was usually minted to pay soldiers, these coins probably circulated with those soldiers as they moved throughout the Italian front of the war.

A large hoard has also been discovered in Sardinia, at that date a Roman colony where armies were stationed, perhaps to facilitate transportation to Spain. During the Second Punic War, Roman armies also fought Carthaginian troops in Spain, which was a Carthaginian colony. Coins found in Spain were probably brought from Italy by Roman armies stationed in Spain.