Imagines Imperatorum - Images of Power - Roman Portraits on Coins -
Imperial Portrait types were controlled by the imperial administration,
aligned to and combined with propaganda messages such as military
victories, or strength of the dynasty. Portraits were distributed to
the people across the empire using different and parallel news media.
news media were sculpture, paintings, medals, and coins. Roman coins of
even the most shortlived emperors survived till today, as millions and
millions of coins were issued, and people in ancient times proactively
tried to hide them away due to their intrinsic metal value. Thus coins
are a major source of
information for Roman imperial portraits. Except the most esotheric
usurpators, all Roman Emperors and many of their family members had
coins with their portraits issued.
For a recent example showing the value of Roman coins for portrait research see for an article on Geta and Caracalla by clicking on this link.
this section we present high quality portrait coins for every Emperor
or family member known to have been shown on Roman coins, with
portraits from the late Roman Republic after the middle of the 1st
century BC to Justinian 1st in the early 6th century AD. Coins were
selected for highest quality representation of each portrait type and best state of conservation.
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Images are shown here in
but can be
made available in highest resolution for print publications
(300dpi up to poster size). Also all reverse images are available.
Please note some exceptional coin images are marked with the request to contact us to see the full image.
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Agrippa, Julia, Caius and Lucius Caesares
Julia and Tiberius
Tiberius and his Son Drusus minor
Drusus minor and his children
Antonia and Germanicus
Agrippina major and Germanicus
Agrippina and her older sons Nero and Drusus
Caligula and his uncle Claudius
Claudius and Messalina
Britannicus and Nero with Agrippina minor
Agrippina minor and Nero
Agrippina minor and Claudius
Clodius Macer and Galba
Galba and Otho
Otho and Vitellius
Vitellius' father and Vespasian
Titus and his daughter Julia
Domitian and Domitia
Domitia (who supported the assassination of Domitian) and Nerva (candidate of the senatorial assassins)