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Yes, I really am selling Roman coins!

Roman coin with garnet necklace

I’m having a terrible time convincing would-be customers that my genuine coins are, indeed, genuine. I think the disconnect comes from the assumption that very old things must be expensive. My moderate prices clash with that expectation. Read more at my Reminted Jewelry site…  

Valentinian I

Roman coin and teal beads necklace

I’m trying to have something to say about every emperor I have a coin for, but Valentinian I has been difficult, even though he was a pretty good emperor. He is known as the last great emperor of the West. After his death, the Western Roman Empire accelerated in its decline, while the Eastern Empire continued to thrive. The best I got is this: Valentinian had a long career as a successful general. However, in 375, visiting envoys to his

Volcano Day; or, the Fall of Pompeii

Pompeii excavation site

Sometimes,, historical tragedy is the archaeologist’s best friend. Most cities slowly fade into obscurity as people gradually pack up their belongings and move away, chasing greener or safer pastures. The buildings they leave behind slowly crumble until there’s nothing left but foundations which often become buried by debris, newer construction, or both. When death is instantaneous and on a massive scale, however, sometimes belongings survive intact and in their natural places for scientists to one day find. The eruption of

This Week in History: Eruption of Vesuvius

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Although there is some debate as to the specific month and day of the eruption, August 24 is the most common one given as the start of the Mt. Vesuvius eruption in 79 CE.  The disaster buried the nearby cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and caused one of the highest number of deaths by volcano in recorded history, with estimates ranging from 10,000 to 30,000. The area was prone to earthquakes, so few people paid heed to the rumbles leading