The city of Elea-Velia, a Phocaean foundation on the Tyrrhenian coast of South Italy, have been explored from the 1960s. More than 10,000 coins have been recovered during archaeological investigations. The study of the coins, still in progress, is conducted by the Chair of Greek and Roman Numismatics of the University of Salerno (DiSPaC).
A substantial percentage of finds are late Roman coins, datable to the 4th and 5th century. The aim of this contribution is to present an overview of the evolution of monetary circulation in the city and surrounding territories in the period from the 4th to the 6th century, paying particular attention to the widespread presence of the lowest denomination coins. The coin finds from contexts in Velia are reconsidered through a comparison with pottery finds and numismatic evidence currently available from the excavations in Naples.