Coins of Imperial Rome

Complete list of Roman Emperors

A printable checklist for keeping track of your emperors

Octavian [Later Augustus] 36 BC. AR denarius
Obv: Bare head of Octavian right; IMP CAESAR DIVI F III VIR ITER R P C.
Rx: Simpulum, sprinkler, vase and lituus; COS ITER ET TER DESIG.
Crawford 538/1; Sydenham 1334; RSC 91
Vespasian 69 -79 CE
Obv: Laureate bust right; IMP CAESAR VESPASIANUS AUG
Rx: Pax seated left holding branch.
Sear 780
Vespasian 69 -79 CE
Obv: Emperor's bust right.
Rx: Pax seated left; COS ITER TR POT.
Sear 2285
Vespasian 69 -79 CE denarius 2.89 gm
Obv: His laureate head left, IMP. CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Rx: COS VI - Eagle standing, head left, wings spread.
RIC 89
Titus 69 -81 CE
Obv: Emperor's bust right.
Rx: Judaea Captive; Captive kneeling right in from of trophy; TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII PP.
RIC 116 17
Domitian 81-96 CE
Obv:IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI, laureate head right.
Rx:IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, holding spear and thunderbolt, shield resting against back of leg.
RIC 86
Domitian 81-96 CE
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI, laureate head right.
Rx: IMP XXII COS XVI CEN P P P, Minerva advancing right with javelin & shield
RIC 171
Domitian 81-96 CE
Obv: Laureate bust right.
Rx: Minerva standing left holding spear; IMP XXI COS XV CENS PPP.
RIC 110
Trajan 98 -117 CE
Obv: Laureate, draped & cuir. bust right; IMP TRAJANO AUG GER DAC PM TR P COS VPP
Rx: Abunditia standing right holding corn ears & cornucopiae; modius below, ship's prow to right.
RSC 467d

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Hadrian 117 - 138 CE; AR Denarius Struck in Rome, 128 CE
Obv: Laureate head right
Rev: Star within crescent.
RIC II 200; BMCRE 457; RSC 460; Sear 3484
Hadrian 117 - 138 CE
Obv: Bust right
Rev: Moneta standing left holding scales & cornucopiae; MONETA AUG.
Sear 1091
Hadrian 117 - 138 CE
Obv: Bust right
Rev: Concordia seated elbow resting on statue of Spes.
RSC 252
Antoninus Pius. 138-161 AD. AR Denarius.
Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev: TEMPLVM DIV AVG REST, COS IIII in exergue, octastyle temple of Divus Augustus. Augustus & Livia seated within, Victories at corners.
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RIC II 143; BMCRE 549; RSC 809
Faustina - Wife of Antonius Pius
Obv: draped bust right.
Rx: Ceres standing holding torch and scepter.
Postumous Commemorative
RSC 96
Faustina Jr. Denarius. (2.63 g.)
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, Draped bust right.
IVNO, Juno standing left, holding patera & scepter
RIC 688
Marcus Aurelius 139-180 denarius
Rome mint: Dec-Dec AD 168-169
Obv: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIII - Laureate head right.
Rx: SALVTI AVG COS III - Salus standing left, holding scepter and feeding snake on altar with patera.
Marcus Aurelius was a true philosopher emperor and was probably portrayed fairly accurately by Richard Harris in the film Gladiator. For more information on Marcus Aurelius visit this biographical site. You can download his book/diary "Meditations" from the Gutnberg Project.
RIC III, 207, page 229 - Cohen 543
Marcus Aurelius 139-180 denarius
Minted 165-166 AD
Obv: M ANTONINVS AVG ARMENIACVS, laureate head right .
Rx: LIB AVG III TR P XX COS III, Liberalitas standing left, holding abacus & cornucopiae.
RSC 408; RIC 144
Commodus 177 - 192 CE
Obv: Laureate bust right.
Rx: Roma feeding snake arising from altar.
The relationship between Marcus Aurelius and his son Commodus and the bizarre peronality of Commodus was portrayed with some accuracy in the film Gladiator. The rest of the movie was Hollywood license.
RIC 169
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