MER - RIC program

This website forms the preliminary step to the revision of the Roman Imperial Coinage V.1. The database presented here applies to the reigns from 268 until 276 AD, that is, the reigns of Claudius Gothicus, Quintillus, Aurelian, Tacitus, Florianus, as well as the coinage of the princes of Palmyra, Vabalathus and Zenobia, issued by the imperial mint of Antioch. Thus, the period covers an important phase in the ‘3rd century crisis’ encountered by the Roman Empire, from the reign which symbolises its most critical point (Claudius Gothicus) to those which implemented the necessary takeover (Aurelian and his successors).
The additional information or corrections that we hope for from the scientific community will permit us to target a better, more comprehensive study for the corpus being prepared (RIC V.1/2), an objective which is particularly laborious to attain for this period of inflation in the coin production of money and of the diversification of the minting network.
The documentation assembled here is based chiefly on 12 main institutional collections of reference (Paris, London, Oxford, Vienna, Copenhagen, Milan, Budapest, Munich, Brussels, Cambridge, Berlin, New York) which have been exhaustively studied and digitized by agreement of their curators. They are hereby warmly thanked, for without them this work could never have been realised.
The database holds to date more than 4540 entries, based on 104,000 coins and more than 80,000 digital photographs.
The project has been financed since 2004 by CNRS programmes (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) : GDR, PICS Nummi et Cimelia, or ANR programmes (ANR MONetA) for which Sylviane Estiot is responsible.

The Authors,
Sylviane Estiot, Jérome Mairat
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