Coins as Historical Evidence

Coins are some of the most important sources of information about nations, people and cultures.  Because coins were made of durable materials, they survive in larger numbers than most artifacts.  Archaeologists and historians have come to rely on coins to reconstruct the past using the dates, images and inscriptions to aid in reconstructing cultures from which little else endures. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Denarius of Emperor Augustus   Silver                                                   27 – 14 B.C.E.                           2015.16.0054                                     Gift of Ron D’Argenio