Coins of the Roman Empire

The Bronze coins of the Roman Empire were struck for a period of 500 years. They typically had a portrait of the Roman Emperor of the period on the obverse (front) and a propaganda picture on the reverse (back). All the inscriptions on these Imperial coins were in Latin.

One of the reasons the government issued Bronze coins was to spread propaganda. Through this coinage the Imperial Household was able to convey to the lower classes, where these coins were generally circulated, what they wanted the citizens to believe. The propaganda was conveyed through the inscription on the reverse of the coins. Generally, the propaganda reflected the strength and propsperity of the Emperor. As the Bronze coins were used for everyday transactions and saw long circulation life, the surviving coins were usually heavily worn. The corrosive elements in the earth are more destructive to Bronze so a small percentage of coins survive in collectible condition.