Conventions

Core Collection

Abbreviation    Collection
B Berlin, Staatliche Museen
C Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum
Cop Copenhagen, Nationalmuseet
G Glasgow, Hunterian Museum
L London, British Museum
Mu Munich, Staatliche Münzsammlung
NY New York, American Numismatic Society
O Oxford, Ashmolean Museum
P Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
V Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

Geographical arrangement

The arrangement of the cities follows the pattern established in RPC I. They are arranged on a geographical and political basis, from west to east. The main sub-divisions are Roman provinces (and, in the case of Asia and Phrygia-Caria, conventus).

Catalogue entries

The inscriptions have been listed using the following conventions:

  • (  ) round brackets indicate minor variants; e.g. ΣΕΒ(ΑΣΤΟΣ) means that some coins have ΣΕΒ and others ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ. Only where these dfferences seem significant have they been separated out into di erent catalogue entries. This convention reflects the fact that the legends on provincial coins were not as standardised as those from the mint of Rome. Variations of spelling are quite frequent, and in some cases virtually every die may have a slightly variant version. Round brackets () are also used in the description of the designs to denote a minor aspect of the design which may not be present on all coins;
  • [  ] square brackets indicate restorations of parts of the legends which cannot yet be read due to the poor preservation of surviving specimens;
  • __  an underline is used to denote ligatures in the legends.

 

siglum

explanation

example

(Α)

Letter sometimes missing (on a die) but sometimes present (on another die).

Example on the right: a die with ΠΡΟΚΛ, another with ΠΡΟΚΛΟΥ

ƐΠΙ ΦΛ ΠΡΟΚΛ(ΟΥ)

Entered as: {AB}

Displayed as: AB

Letters in ligature.

Example on the right: ΠΡ is interpreted as Π and Ρ in ligature

Entered as: ƐΠΙ ΦΛ {ΠΡ}ΟΚΛΟΥ

Displayed as: ƐΠΙ ΦΛ ΠΡΟΚΛΟΥ

[Α]

Letters not visible or unclear on the coin(s) but restored.

Example on the right: three illegible letters restored.

ƐΠΙ ΦΛ Π[ΡΟΚ]ΛΟΥ

[   ]

Letters not visible on the coin(s), not restored, when the number of letters is unknown: use 3 spaces between squared brackets

Example on the right: uncertain number of illegible letters.

ƐΠΙ ΦΛ Π[   ]ΟΥ