RT 2 - THE COIN HOARDS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE PROJECT – 10 YEARS ON! UNUM FIAT EX PLURIBUS
- Cristian Gazdac (Ashmolean Museum / University of Oxford)
Org. by Cristian Gazdac, Christopher Howgego, Marguerite Spoerri Butcher; moderator: Cristian Gazdac
The year 2013 witnessed the start of the Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire Project as a joint initiative of the Ashmolean Museum and the Oxford Roman Economy Project.
This international collaborative project fills a major lacuna in the digital coverage of coin hoards from antiquity. It aims to collect hoards of all coinages in use in the Roman Empire between approximately 30 BC and AD 400 (and later where appropriate). Imperial coinage forms the main focus of the project, but Iron-Age and Roman Provincial coinages in circulation within this period are also included to give a complete picture of the monetary systems in the West and the East. The single gold coins are also included as, sometimes, they may have functioned as hoards.
The project has become a true network of scholars and friends, currently involving 48 institutions from 25 countries and 62 collaborators.
Phase I (2013-2018) saw the collection of hoard data from all Roman provinces and the input of a selection of hoards at the level of the individual coin. 12,144 hoards and single gold coins, amounting to 3.5 million coins, were entered by the core team and collaborators.
Phase II (2019-2023) extended the range of the project to include Roman hoards and individual coins from outside the Empire. The focus is on the completion of geographical coverage and on the daunting task of systematically recording hoards at the level of the coin (RIC numbers and full descriptions), where such data are available.
The Warsaw International Numismatic Congress offers the perfect occasion to discuss the research potential of the project and how to exploit the chronological and geographical range of so much data. It will also enable some of the project’s collaborators to showcase their contributions, and offer an opportunity to discuss the agenda for the future.
List of panelists:
Marguerite Spoerri Butcher