The Roman Coin Collection at Stellenbosch, a Sequel

Schneider, M. (2005)

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This paper describes a new selection of ancient coins currently in the possession of the Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Stellenbosch. Discussion will focus mainly on the art and importance of coin portraiture during the Imperatorial, Imperial and Byzantine periods of Roman history, with specific reference to various relevant coin denominations from the respective eras. The original coin collection was begun in the early 1960s with a legacy of about a hundred coins from one A P Richter to the former Department of Latin at the University of Stellenbosch. Most of these coins were purchased from Spinks and Son in London. The late professor Frans Smuts, former head of the Department of Latin, expanded the collection with funds made available by the University, thus procuring a small, comprehensive hand-picked selection of Roman coins ranging in period from about 300 BC to AD 1041. More recently the late professor Bert van Stekelenburg managed the department’s numismatic collection and made a valuable contribution to our knowledge about the historical and artistic aspects of this collection. At present the collection hosts about 170 coins and spans the Republican; Imperatorial; Imperial, and Byzantine periods of Roman history.

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