THE GOOD EMPERORS: THE GRANDEUR THAT WAS ROME, A SIX COIN COLLECTION

THE GOOD EMPERORS: THE GRANDEUR THAT WAS ROME, A SIX COIN COLLECTION


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Edward Gibbon, the British historian and author of the landmark The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, wrote, “If a man were called upon to fix that period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the deaths of Domitian to the accession of Commodus,” at which point the Empire began its slow and ineluctable decline. In that 75 year period, Rome comprised what was arguably the greatest civilization the world would ever know. Almost two full millennia later, Roman influence is still felt in the Western world in everything from place names (Britain, Provence, Naples) to regnal titles (czar is Russian for Caesar) to languages derived from Latin (the Romance languages: French, Italian, Spanish, etc.). This was the period that made Rome great.

This collection contains silver coins of the four Good Emperors, as well as the two Faustinas. Portrait and legend are on the obverse; reverses vary, but tend to feature religious or military themes. The economic health of the Empire is evident in the silver fineness of these coins.

The Coins:


Ruler: 1. Trajan

Year of issue: 98-117 CE

Country: Rome

Denomination: Denarius

Material: Silver

Weight: 2.4-3.2 g

Diameter: 17.3-19 mm

Obverse: Portrait and legend

Reverse: Various personifications or military themes.


Ruler: 2. Hadrian

Year of issue: 117-138 CE

Country: Rome

Denomination: Denarius

Material: Silver

Weight: 2.6-3.1 g

Diameter: 17.3-19 mm

Obverse: Portrait and legend

Reverse: Various personifications or military themes.


Ruler: Antoninus Pius

Year of issue: 138-161 CE

Country: Rome

Denomination: Denarius

Material: Silver

Weight: 2.4-3.4 g

Diameter: 17-18.5 mm

Obverse: Portrait and legend

Reverse: Various personifications or military themes.


Ruler: Faustina the Elder

Year of issue: d. 140 CE

Country: Rome

Denomination: Denarius

Material: Silver

Weight: 2.0-3.5 g

Diameter: 17-19 mm

Obverse: Portrait and legend

Reverse: Various personifications or military themes.


Ruler: Marcus Aurelius

Year of issue: 139-180 CE

Country: Rome

Denomination: Denarius

Material: Silver

Weight: 3-3.8 g

Diameter: 17.5-18.5 mm

Obverse: Portrait and legend

Reverse: Various personifications or military themes.


Ruler: Faustina the Younger

Year of issue: d. 175 CE

Country: Rome

Denomination: Denarius

Material: Silver

Weight: 2.6-3.6 g

Diameter: 16.5-19 mm

Obverse: Portrait and legend

Reverse: Various personifications or military themes


All coins in each set are protected in an archival capsule and beautifully displayed in a mahogany-like box. The box set is accompanied with a story card, certificate of authenticity, and a black gift box.

Box data:

Box measures: 7.25” x 5.5”

Image shows typical coins, not to scale

For further information on the coins included in this set please see images.