Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

The Local Coinage of Short-Lived Emperors: Antiochene Tetradrachms in the Third Century Crisis

Sep 15, 2022, 2:00 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Hall A

Auditorium Maximum - Hall A


Jane Sancinito (University of Massachusetts-Lowell)


In this paper, I study two short-lived emperors, Trajan Decius and Trebonianus Gallus (along with their sons and co-emperors), and focus on their production of tetradrachms at Antioch. I will present the results of three die studies: one of the first officina for each emperor and another of the third officina under Trebonianus Gallus. These studies provide a window into the scale of production of local coinage in Syria and offer insight into the internal workings of the mint. I conclude that tetradrachms in this period were being produced in quantities large enough to support the local armies, that the finds at Dura Europos and Antioch support the idea that local coinage was primarily used by the military, and that this period offers a starting point for assessing provincial coin production more generally.

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Jane Sancinito (University of Massachusetts-Lowell)

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