The Roman Empire

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About this journal

After decades on numismatic hiatus, I have re-kindled my childhood passion for collecting coins.  The resulting odyssey has been both unexpected and fascinating.  My newfound obsession is collecting ancient coinage.

 

I focused initially on ancient Greece, and examples can be found in my NGC Ancients Custom Set entitled "The Ancient World Collection." While I highly admire ancient Greek coinage for historical importance and artistic splendor, I found myself inexorably drawn to its successor. For the next two millennia, Rome and the autocracies she spawned (the Roman Empire, followed by the Byzantine Empire) dominated the Mediterranean-centric world, leaving behind a plethora of coinage for modern-day contemplation.  Thus, I began compiling a new NGC Ancient Custom Set, which I named "The Roman Empire."

 

Admittedly, some ancient coin collectors eschew the concept of slabbing their coins.  For myself, I appreciate the confirmation of attribution and condition, not to mention air-tight security.  I also enjoy the concept of a custom set, whose contents I control.  Above all, coin collecting should be fun and informative, and these aspects came together in a special way for me in this collection.  Rome's history seemingly demanded that I research each coin and provide a synopsis in its Owner's Comments section.  In more than a few instances, I used the opportunity to explore synergies with other personal interests, whether historical, geographical, scientific, etc.

 

Within its inaugural year (2014) the collection grew to over 100 specimens and was noted "Best Ancient Set," and within the last four years the set has grown to over 200 specimens.  In 2017, I was pleased to earn the honor of "Best Ancient Set" for a second time.  Given the effort I have invested into this set, and the recognition it has received, I decided to I launch this journal which, like my acquisition, research and Owner's Comments for each new coin, is subject to serendipity.

Entries in this journal

 

New Owner's Comments = Plotina, Page 6, GOLDEN AGE I

After a bit of a hiatus, I managed to finish another Owner's Comments (Note: I am trying to keep up, as I try *not* to add any more new coins until I post Comments for all the current ones!) This time, the essay is about my ancient bronze featuring Empress Plotina, wife to Emperor Hadrian.  This coin is part of Page 6 = GOLDEN AGE I. This coin graded as XF, Strike = 4/5, Surface = 4/5, which is a very respectable grade for this issue.  It was struck in Gordus-Julia around 112-117

Kohaku

Kohaku

01/17/2018

 

NGC Registry Awards

I wanted to send out a particular congratulations to rmw, jackson64, and gherrmann44 for distinction on their excellent Collectors' Journals!   Regarding this Journal Entry, I am pleased to see my own Roman Empire collection receive a second-time Best Ancients Set (my previous accolade was in 2014, so this ends a bit of a "dry spell" for me!).  I wonder about what it would take to be acknowledged as Most Informative or Most Creative NGC Custom Set, and I always find myself amazed when

Kohaku

Kohaku

01/06/2018

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01/13/2018

 

Update on The Roman Empire, Page 4 = SUCCESSION

The latest update to this page is that I finally finished up and posted my Owner's Comments regarding my ancient bronze "half unit" struck by Herod Antipas.   As is the case with many ancient rulers, Antipas' legacy is quite complex and open to interpretation, even to the extremes of villain or victim.   If anyone is interest in learning more, I encourage you to check out my Owners Comments. I have only two more coins to procure (Nero Claudius Drusus and Tiberius) and one more Owner's

Kohaku

Kohaku

12/20/2017

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12/24/2017

 

Roman Empire, Page 9 = CRISIS II

This new "Journal Entry" provides an update on the 9th Page of my NGC Ancient Custom Set entitles "The Roman Empire". This Page is 82% complete (12 coins out of 15 slots).  Two of the twelve coins are pending my detailed Owner’s Comments. Here is a link to the Collection… https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetGallery.aspx?s=16365 Here is the synopsis for the Page, entitled "CRISIS II”… The Crisis of the Third Century intensifies as numerous Augusti

Kohaku

Kohaku

11/24/2017

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12/20/2017

 

Roman Empire, Page 8 = CRISIS I

This new “Journal Entry” provides an update on the 8th Page of my NGC Ancient Custom Set entitled “The Roman Empire.” This Page is 73% complete (11 coins out of 15 slots). Here is a link to the Collection… https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetGallery.aspx?s=16365   Here is the synopsis for the Page, entitled "CRISIS I”…   The Empire heads into turnoil, marked by the tumultuous Year of Five Emperors (193 AD) and the subsequent rise of the

Kohaku

Kohaku

11/19/2017

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11/23/2017

 

Roman Empire, Page 7 = GOLDEN AGE II

This new “Journal Entry” provides an update on the 7th Page of my NGC Ancient Custom Set entitled “The Roman Empire.”   This Page is 80% complete (12 coins out of 15 slots).   Here is a link to the Collection… https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetGallery.aspx?s=16365   Here is the synopsis for the Page, entitled "GOLDEN AGE II”… Rome's prosperity continues under the leadership of Antonine dynasts who reigned until late 2nd century AD.

Kohaku

Kohaku

11/16/2017

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11/17/2017

 

Roman Empire, Page 6 = GOLDEN AGE I

Don't let me hear you say life's taking you nowhere, angel…Run for the shadows in these golden years…I'll stick with you baby for a thousand years…Nothing's gonna touch you in these golden years…- David Bowe   This new “Journal Entry” provides an update on the 6th Page of my NGC Ancient Custom Set entitled “Golden Age I”.  While the Roman Empire’s golden age failed to last a thousand years, it endured long enough to merit more than one Page herein, hence the Roman numeral included

Kohaku

Kohaku

10/15/2017

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10/21/2017

 

Roman Empire, Page 5 = PERSEVERANCE

This new “Journal Entry” provides an update on the 5th Page of my NGC Ancient Custom Set entitled “The Roman Empire.” This Page is 67% complete (10 coins out of 15 slots), and for one of those 10 coins my “Owner’s Comments” are pending. Here is a link to the Collection… https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetGallery.aspx?s=16365 Here is the synopsis for the Page, entitled "PERSEVERANCE": The Empire weathers a civil war culminating in the rise of Emperor Ves

Kohaku

Kohaku

10/01/2017

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10/03/2017

 

Roman Empire, Page 4 = DECADENCE

This new “Journal Entry” provides an update on the 4th Page of my NGC Ancient Custom Set entitled “The Roman Empire.” This Page is 100% complete (15 coins out of 15 slots), although three of my “Owner’s Comments” are pending.  I will update this journal entry as I complete those essays.   Here is a link to the Collection… https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetGallery.aspx?s=16365   Here is the synopsis for the Page, entitled "DECADENCE”…

Kohaku

Kohaku

09/20/2017

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11/30/2017

 

Roman Empire, Page 3 = SUCCESSION

This new “Journal Entry” provides an update on the third Page of my NGC Ancient Custom Set entitled “The Roman Empire.”   This Page is 80% complete (12 coins out of 15 slots).  For one of the those 12 coins, I still have not completed my “Owner’s Comments.”   Here is a link to the Collection…   https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetGallery.aspx?s=16365   Here is the synopsis for the Page, entitled "SUCCESSION”…   Julio-Claudia

Kohaku

Kohaku

09/03/2017

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11/28/2017

 

Roman Empire, Page 2 = GENESIS

This new “Journal Entry” provides an update on the second Page of my NGC Ancient Custom Set entitled “The Roman Empire.”  It is satisfying to report that, following the grading results of my Herod The Great ancient bronze, and after finalizing my Owner’s Comments of that coin… Page #2 is now COMPLETE!   Here is a link to the Collection…   https://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetGallery.aspx?s=16365   Here is the synopsis for the Page, entitled "GEN

Kohaku

Kohaku

08/25/2017

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08/26/2017

 

Roman Empire, Page 1 = PRELUDE

I am creating a "Journal Entry" for page "Page" (grouping of 15 coins) in the Gallery view for my Roman Empire Custom Set.   To that end, this journal entry is for the first Page in the collection, which I have entitled "Prelude," with the goal to  provide a good introduction to the geography, peoples, political climate, etc. that existed just prior to Rome converting from Republic to Empire.  Here is the synopsis...   Prelude. The saga begins with coins from mid 2nd to 1st c

Kohaku

Kohaku

08/16/2017

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08/24/2017

 

Building a collection worthy of the Roman Empire

A daunting task for sure, yet one that has provided enormous fascination and personal satisfaction thus far – to discover the Roman Empire through numismatics.  That is my stated goal for my NGC Ancient Custom Set entitled “The Roman Empire.”  Initially, I contemplated constructing a typical set of “Emperors” coinage.  While such an effort is certainly worthy, I quickly discovered that Rome’s history, from the Republic to the Roman Empire to the Byzantine Empire, holds far more interest.  On the

Kohaku

Kohaku

07/15/2017

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07/17/2017