An occasional series of short videos on coins that shed light on various aspects of ancient history, presented by Professor Kevin Butcher.
14:10, Wed 29 May 2013
Professor Kevin Butcher and Dr Matthew Ponting discuss the technique used by the Roman mints to disguise the quality of the silver coinage and how to analyse the coins.
12:54, Mon 28 May 2012
The astonishing water mill complex at Barbegal in Provence used to be considered a product of late antiquity, but the discovery of a coin of Trajan (AD 98-117) embedded in the plaster of the aqueduct has led to a reconsideration of the place of hydraulic technology in the earlier Roman empire.
18:23, Mon 25 Apr 2011
Can coins help us reconstruct the original appearance of the giant temples of Heliopolis (modern Baalbek) in Lebanon?
23:42, Wed 16 Mar 2011
Why does Agrippina seem to be given precedence over her son Nero on the earliest coins of his reign?
16:22, Wed 15 Dec 2010
Anno domini. Today we use the system devised by the sixth-century monk, Dionysius Exiguus, as a way of synchronising events, and associate its origin with the nativity of Jesus and the 'first Christmas'. But did Dionysius get his dates right? A coin issued by Herod Antipas suggests not ...
12:27, Thu 18 Nov 2010
Does this coin depict the emperor Nero as a musician, or does it show the god Apollo instead?
12:22, Thu 18 Nov 2010
A brass sestertius of Caligula provides contemporary proof of the high regard the emperor had for his three sisters.
11:18, Tue 9 Nov 2010
What did Cleopatra look like? Her coins provide evidence.
10:54, Mon 25 Oct 2010
A coin minted at the Spanish city of Bilbilis in AD 31 records not only the success of Tiberius' henchman Sejanus but also his fall from grace. Professor Kevin Butcher explains how it does this.