The Roman Provincial Coinage project embodies a new conception of Roman coinage. It presents for the first time an authoritative account of the coins minted in the provinces of the empire and shows how they can be regarded as an integral part of the coinage minted under the Roman emperors.
The aim of this major research project is to produce a standard typology of the provincial coinage of the Roman Empire. This represents the first systematic treatment of the civic coinage at the height of the Roman empire. The material presented is an invaluable source of information for imperial portraiture and titulature, the response of the cities to the establishment of a new political order under the Roman empire, the way the government controlled the provinces, the internal history of the cities, and the role of the provincial coinage in the economy of the Roman empire as a whole. It will thus not only meet the needs of numismatists but will also be an essential reference book for historians, epigraphists, archaeologists and other students of the Roman empire.
The publication of Roman Provincial Coinage volume I (44 BC–AD 69) in 1992 marked the start of this international initiative, which will comprise ten volumes in all. Roman Provincial Coinage is published by British Museum Press and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and the online publication is based in the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.