Guide designed to explore the range of the different types of ancient coins depicting Architectural types available on eBay
Ancient Greeks and Romans were both proud of the architectural achievements. The Greeks as an example would put their temples on their coins, sometimes with a statue of the god or goddess the city is known for. The Romans also had various different types of architecture they depicted on their coins, along with temples, they had arches, columns, bridges statues, city gates and camp gates.
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Examples illustrating the various Architecture depicted on ancient coins
Bronze AE3 20mm (2.67 grams) Arelate mint: 324-325 A.D.
Reference: RIC 297
FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left.
VIRTVS CAESS Exe: QA(crescent)RL, Camp-gate with open doors and four turrets; star above.* Numismatic Note: Rare type with the open doors.
Constantine I The Great Ancient Roman Coin Military camp or bivouac gate i53257
Bronze AE3 19mm (3.13 grams) Nicomedia mint 324-325 A.D.
Reference: RIC 90 (VII, Nicomedia)
CONSTANTINVSAVG – Laureate head right.
PROVIDENTIAEAVGG Exe: SMNΓ – Camp gate with two turrets and star above.
ELAGABALUS 218AD Nicopolis ad Istrum CITY Wall GATE Ancient Roman Coin i42982
CARACALLA 198AD Anchialus CITY GATE Architectural Ancient Roman Coin i24834
TIBERIUS 14AD Emerita Augusta Ancient Spain City Gate Original Roman Coin i42053
Bronze Dupondius 26mm (13.88 grams) of Emerita in Spain
Reference: ACIP 3407a; RPC I 41; AB-1056
TI. CAESAR AVGVSTVS PON. MAX. IMP., Laureate head left.
COL. AVGVSTA EMERITA, Main city gate city gate with view of city walls above.
EUNICE Queen after KOTYS I of BOSPORUS Jupiter Temple Ancient Greek Coin i53587
Roman Republic Volteius JUPITER TEMPLE Ancient Silver Coin Rare i20208
Silver Denarius 17mm (3.81 grams) Rome mint: 78 B.C.
Reference: Volteia 1; B.M.C. 3154; Syd. 774; Craw. 385/1
Laureate head of Jupiter right.
M . VOLTEI M . F . below temple of Jupiter Capitolinus.
TRANQUILLINA GORDIAN III wife Deultum Thrace ASCLEPIUS Temple Roman Coin i49815
Bronze 22mm (6.91 grams) of Deultum in Thrace
Reference: Yurukova, Bizye 416
SAB TRANQVILLINA AVG, diademed and draped bust of Tranquillina right.
COL FL PAC DEVLT, tetrastyle (four column) temple with statue of Asclepius standing facing, head left, leaning on serpent-entwined (medical symbol) staff.
NERO 65AD Sestertius JANUS TEMPLE Gaming Token Ancient Roman Coin RARE i25127
Bronze Sestertius ‘Game Token’ 34mm (19.84 grams) Rome mint: 65 A.D.
Reference: C 146. BMC 319. RIC 438. CBN 73
NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P Laureate head right, with globe at point of bust.
PACE P R TERRA MARIQ PARTA IANVM CLVSIT S – C View of the temple of Janus, door to right, decorated with garland.* Numismatic Note: This coin has been cut in half practically to turn it into a type of token, likely for gaming. Quality authentic ancient coin with fantastic portrait and the most important parts of the temple visible.
TITUS & DOMITIAN CAESARS 77AD Stobi Macedonia Roman Coin Dionysus Temple i28335
Bronze 25mm (5.10 grams) of Stobi in Macedonia Struck 77-78 A.D.
Reference: RPC 311; Boric-Breskovic, Stobi, p. 29, Type 3; AMNG III -; Varbanov 3805
T CAESAR IMP DOMITIANVS CAESAR, Laureate and draped bust of Titus right vis-à-vis bare head of Domitian left.
MVNICIPI STOBENSIVM, tetra-style temple on podium with two steps; inside, Dionysus standing left; clipeus in pediment.
PHILIP I the ARAB 248AD 1000 Years of Rome Roma Temple Silver Roman Coin i52174
Silver Antoninianus 22mm (4.18 grams) Rome mint: 248 A.D.
Commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Rome
Reference: RIC 25b; C 198
IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
SAECVLVM NOVVM, Roma (Roma Aeterna) seated within hexastyle temple.
ANTONINUS PIUS Isis Harpokrates Horus Temple Alexandria Egypt Roman Coin i52373
Bronze Drachm 32mm (24.26 grams) Dated Regnal Year 12, 148/149 A.D.
Reference: Köln 1610; Dattari (Savio) 3048; K&G 35.437; Emmett 1587.12
Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Isis seated right on throne, holding infant Harpokrates; all within distyle Egyptian-style temple
ALEXANDER the GREAT Roman Macedonia Koinon Greek Area Coin Temples i40532
Roman Era, Olympic-Style Games Issue
Bronze 25mm (11.31 grams) from the Koinon of Macedonia in Thrace under Roman Control
Struck circa 222-235 A.D. under the reign of Roman Emperor Severus Alexander
AΛЄΞANΔPOV, Head of Alexander the Great right with loose, flowing hair.
B KOINON MAKЄΔONΩN NEΩ, Two temples.* Numismatic Note: Leaders like Julius Caesar and the Romans and the Greeks alike had immense respect for the great accomplishments of Alexander the Great. Macedonia, being the kingdom of Alexander the Great’s birth, this coin featuring his likeness heralds the Neocorate status of the area, along with the Olympic-style games that accompanied it. Highly-coveted type.
FAUSTINA I Temple Architectural Ancient Silver Roman Coin 150AD i30134 Very rare
Silver Denarius 17mm (3.36 grams) Rome mint, struck under Antoninus Pius, circa 146-161 A.D.
Reference: RIC III 343 (Pius); RSC 1
DIVA FAVSTINA, Draped bust right.
AEDDIV FAVSTINAE, Hexastyle temple in which is a seated figure of Faustina Senior.
This temple has been incorporated into the construction of the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda in Rome. The remains are still visible today.
Maxentius Constantine the Great Enemy Ancient Coin Temple of Venus Roma i39848
Trajan – Roman Emperor : 98-117 A.D. –
Bronze 22mm (6.99 grams) Stobi in Macedonia
Reference: Sear GIC 953; B.M.C. 5.103,2
IMP. CAE. NERVA TRAIAN. AVG. GERM. P. M., Laureate head right.
MVNICIPI STOBENSIVM, Tetrastyle temple containing statue, at feet of which, bird.
ANTONINUS PIUS 158AD Augustus Livia Temple Restoration Silver Roman Coin i43298
Silver Denarius 18mm (2.90 grams) Rome mint: 158-159 A.D.
ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII, laureate head right.
TEMPLVM DIV AVG REST, Octastyle temple of Divus Augustus, in which are seated statues of Divus Augustus and Livia, COS IIII in exergue.
NERO Arch Chariot & Mars 65AD Lugdunum Ancient Roman Coin Architecture i36665
Bronze Sestertius 36mm (25.42 grams) Lugdunum mint: 65 A.D.
Reference: RIC 393; Cohen 306; BMCRE 330; BN 69; WCN 414; F.S. Kleiner, The Arch
of Nero in Rome. A study of the Roman honorary arch before and under Nero,
Archaeologica 52 (Rome, 1985), 51aNERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head left, globe at point of bust.
S C across field, Triumphal arch, hung with wreath across front and left side; above, Nero in facing quadriga escorted on right by Victory holding wreath and palm and on left by Pax holding caduceus and cornucopiae; just below the quadriga on extreme left and right, two small figures of soldiers; on left side of arch in niche, figure of Mars standing facing, holding spear and round shield; ornamental reliefs on the faces and plinths of the arch.
Roman Republic Aemilia 7 114BC Ancient Silver Coin Triumphal arch Horse i46740
Silver Denarius 19mm (3.69 grams) Rome mint: 114/113 B.C.
Reference: Aemilia 7; B.M.C., Italy 590; Syd. 554; Craw. 291/1
Laureate and diademed head of Roma slightly draped right, ROMA before, * behind.
MN. AEMILIO, equestrian statue on triumphal arch, LEP between arches.
CARACALLA 198AD Roman Provincial Mint TRIUMPHAL ARCH Architectural Coin i48852
TRAJAN statue on Trajan’s Column w Eagles 114AD Ancient Silver Roman Coin i52633
Silver Denarius 19mm (3.00 grams) Rome mint: 114-115 A.D.
Reference: RIC 356, C 284
IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM DAC, laureate and draped bust right.
P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R, Trajan’s column surmounted by statue of Trajan, holding patera and scepter; two eagles at base.
TITUS 79AD Ancient Silver Roman Coin SOL Sun God on rostral column i33559
PHILIP I the ARAB 248AD 1000 Years of Rome COLUMN Silver Roman Coin i46631
Silver Antoninianus 23mm (3.68 grams) Rome mint: 248 A.D.
Commemorating the 1000th Anniversary of the founding of Rome
Reference: RIC 24c; Cohen 193
IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
SAECVLARES AVG G, thin column inscribed COS III.
TRAJAN 112AD Via Traiana Extended Via Appia Road Silver Roman Coin i52651
Silver Denarius 19mm (3.15 grams) Rome mint: 112-113 A.D.
Reference: BM 487; C 648; RIC 266
IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, Laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder.
SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI / VIA TRAIANA, Goddess ( Via Trajana) reclining left on rocks with branch and wheel.
Constantine I ‘The Great’ – Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. –
Bronze AE3 18mm (3.30 grams) Constantinople mint: 330 A.D.
POP ROMANVS, draped bust of Genius left, cornucopiae on shoulder.
Milvian Bridge over the River Tiber, CONS-A above bridge.
Read the Constantine the Great Ancient Roman Coins Guide to learn more.
Gallienus son of Valerian I Large Medalic Ancient Roman Coin Rare Bridge i28470
Medallic Bronze 36mm (14.48 grams) of Antioch-ad-Maeandrum, Caria
Reference: SNG von Aulock 2430 (var.); Similar Coin Sold in Numismatik Lanz München
Auction 149 #518 (2,600 EUR, approx. 3,182 USD)
AV KA ΠΟ Γ AΛΛI HNOC, Helmeted & cuirassed bust left, holding shield & spear.
ANTIOX EΩΝ, six-arched bridge with guard rails across the Maeander River; triple-bayed triumphal arch at one end; On the bridge the river God Mäander with filling horn in the arm on a Kline stores; stairway on the left side, on which a stork sits.
CLAUDIUS Philippi Julius Caesar & Augustus Statues Ancient Roman Coin i40538
Bronze 26mm (12.58 grams) of the City of Philippi in Macedonia Struck 41-54 A.D.
Reference: Sear GIC 428; B.M.C. 5.98,25; Cohen 260, 117
TI. CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG. P.M. TR. P. IMP. – Bare head of Claudius left.
COL AVG IVL PHILIP, cippus inscribed with DIVVS
AVG in two lines, on which stand statues of Augustus (to left) & Julius Caesar (to right), altar on either side of cippus.
TRALLEIS in LYDIA 166BC Tetradrachm Silver Greek Coin Artemis of Ephesus i53520
Silver Cistophoric Tetradrachm 27mm (12.20 grams) Struck circa 166-67 B.C. under Time–, prytanis
Reference: Sear 4747; SNG Copenhagen 661; B.M.C.22.330,31-2
Cista mystica with serpent coming out; all within ivy wreath.
Two serpents entwined around bow in bowcase; TIME above, TPAΛ to left, cult statue of Artemis of Ephesus in field to right.