Dating ancient roman coins
But the need for even smaller units in the day-to-day transactions of city life led to the production of miniscule .I find it easier to avoid the decimals and just think of the weight as 150 to 100 milligrams. IN 2014, THE BRITISH Royal Mint issued a gold proof 50p coin only eight mm in diameter*, weighing in at 1/40 Troy ounce (0.8 grams.) This is the smallest coin the UK has ever struck and surely one of the smallest modern coins.In this article we will explore just how tiny coins can get.To keep this in perspective, an aspirin tablet weighs 325 milligrams.The practical Romans had little use for impractically tiny coins.There are three ways a coin can be tiny: weight, dimension (diameter and thickness) and value.
Like most questions in classical numismatics, the dating of these coins is controversial, but of about 14 grams, worth three month’s salary for a mercenary.…the great majority of ancient coins reach us through hoards, which represent deliberate accumulations of substantial sums.Since such accumulations are normally made in units of high value rather than in small change, there is a possibility that for some mints our knowledge of the fractions may be deficient, even though it is virtually complete for the larger denominations The smallest coins are likely to have a low survival rate, which makes them relatively scarce.The smallest fractional electrum coins, on the other hand, go for strong prices, in the 0-1000 range.One exceptionally rare early Ionian 1/24 stater sold for 00 (Classical Numismatic Group (CNG) Electronic Auction 282, July 2012, Lot 74).