Reading and dating roman imperial coins by zander h klawans

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In fact many first century coins are so realistic that emperors are portrayed with wrinkles, warts and even double chins.

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However, by learning less than a dozen abbreviations and developing a familiarity with that names used on Imperial coins the collector can easily attribute most coins that he will encounter (provided the inscriptions are legible).

First we will look at the meaning of the more common abbreviations and then examine the names of the emperors as they appear on the coins. In order to fit the many titles of an emperor on a medium as small as a coin, it proved necessary to abbreviate those titles heavily.

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