How Coins Were Made

The making of coins was a complicated undertaking that required many of laborers and craftsmen.  Before coins could be minted, metals had to be mined and processed.  The metals were then either molten and poured or hammered between dies.  The images contained on the dies were made by skilled craftsmen.  A team of experienced laborers could strike up to 20,000 coins daily.  This coin features the likeness of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius.  The irregularly shaped blank resulted the design being cut off on the upper right when struck. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Denarius of Emperor Marcus   Aurelius                                         Silver                                                   161 – 180 C.E.                       2015.16.0106                                     Gift of Ron D’Argenio