Roman Collector Posted June 13, 2022 · Patron Share Posted June 13, 2022 When Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, hundreds of people who had failed to flee the nearby city of Pompeii were killed by toxic gases and volcanic debris. Now, an analysis of ancient coins found with skeletons in Pompeii hints at the economic status of those who remained. You may read about it here at the science journal, Nature (sadly, a subscription is required to read the whole article). Cash boxes in a Pompeiian tavern held nearly 1,500 coins (sample pictured) in total. Here's one of mine that could have been spent in Pompeii on a less dangerous day: Vespasian, AD 69-79. Roman AR denarius, 3.18 g, 18.4 mm, 6 h. Rome, AD 73. Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII CEN, laureate head, right. Rev: SALVS AVG, Salus seated left, holding patera, left hand at side. Refs: RIC 58; RIC 2.1 522; BMCRE 87-89; Cohen/RSC 432; CBN 76; RCV 2307. Let's see your coins of the mid-first century that might have been spent at Pompeii on a luckier day! 9 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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