Urbs Roma – The City of Rome

Romulus and Remus, the baby twins, were the progeny of Mars, the God of War, and Rhea, a Vestal Virgin, daughter of King Numitor. An evil deposer of the King had slung the grandchildren into the Tiber but they washed up and were discovered by a she-Wolf who had recently lost her cubs. Now they suckle at the teats of their saviour she-Wolf, imbibing the wolf-like fierceness that will characterize the City they will later found on the same spot: Rome. The Urbs Roma coin commemorates the Founding of Rome. It was issued by Constantine and his successors specifically to reinforce…

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Selvi Calyst – An ancient numismatist?

They’ve just found a roman hoard in consisting of 2976 silver denarii coins during excavations works in Sofia, Bulgaria. The owner of the hoard is actually inscribed on the ceramic container. Selvi Calyst. Selvi Calyst – could he have been an ancient numismatist? His coin collection spans a 100 years –  the Emperors from Vespasian to Commodus with the Antonines and their wives and daughters represented in full. Perhaps he was an Antonine descendent mapping his family history in coin… NEWS 5th September 2015, Novinite.com > “Bulgarian archaeologists discovered an ancient Roman hoard consisting of 2976 silver denarii coins during excavations…

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Allectus – Naval Emperor of Britain

Allectus was the rebel Emperor Carausius’ financial officer until Allectus assassinated him and took the Empire for himself. The British Empire under Allectus held out, depending on naval power – Allectus had to be able to stop troops crossing the channel from Bologne (Bononia) . The naval warship on this ‘Quinarius’ is a message and a symbol.  Classis Britannica – the British Navy. Virtus embodied. Allectus, after 3 years of his own British Empire, was defeated at sea by the forces of Constantinus, defeated again as he retreated from the coast and killed. Britain was swiftly reincorporated into the official Empire. For…

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