Dating roman coin
This argument does not find favour with all numismatists who find the concept of throwing coins away difficult to accept, but is consistent with the excavated evidence. The tradition continued following Caesar's assassination, although the imperators from time to time also produced coins featuring the traditional deities and personifications found on earlier coins.
If the two coin dates are accepted the sequence must continue well into the fifth century with all that implies for the history of urbanism in England. Eventually, the building was demolished almost entirely and replaced with a grand series of wooden buildings Phase Z. Outside of these gaps, however, we can see that ancient mints did not strike coins at an even rate, and nor were they then supplied to all areas equally. Let us work through an example. Butcher argues that although these coins are contained within a later deposit, they can be seen as a coherent group and thus are useful for reconstructing coins in circulation in the third century.
Many new collectors and even advanced students of Latin shy away from attempting to decipher the seemingly cryptic inscriptions found on most Roman coins. The new government set up by Diocletian was a tetrarchy, or rule by four, with each emperor receiving a separate territory to rule. More complex is the use-life of coins. Although Commodus was excessive in his depiction of his image, this extreme case is indicative of the objective of many emperors in the exploitation of their portraits. While moneyers had earlier issued coins with portraits of ancestors, Caesar's was the first Roman coinage to feature the portrait of a living individual.
The second of these is the stratigraphic sequence and the factors which impact on the interpretation of that sequence and the finds from it. By adding coins of that year with the previous year we can then calculate the probability of a hoard not having a coin of that year or the year before, and so on. Some of these reverse images can clearly be classified as propaganda. It is theoretically possible to attempt similar calculations for other periods, but one would need to have some model for the changing coin population over time. It is equally obvious that the larger that assemblage the stronger our confidence in the date will be.