Since 2001, the Special Collections and Archives department of the Rutgers University Libraries has been the home to a significant Roman numismatic collection, the Ernst Badian Collection of Roman Republican Coins. This collection was created by the late Professor Ernst Badian (d. 2011), who donated it to Rutgers. The collection is composed at this time of more than 1200 coins, documenting the emergence of coinage and a money economy in Rome and developments down through the late Republic (280 to 31 B. C. E.). The collection begins with examples of cast bronze coinage, used in the earliest stages of monetization. Read more

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About the Badian Collection

In 2001, Dr. Ernst Badian determined to donate this collection of Roman Republican coins to Rutgers University. Read more

How the collection is organized
The coins in the Badian Collection have been organized with reference to the identifying schema of Dr. E.A. Sydenham and Dr. Michael H. Crawford. Read more

The development of this digital collection and web portal has been supported by a grant from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.

Resources in Ancient Numismatics

An annotated selection of important resources for the study of ancient numismatics.

Ernst Badian's Introduction to Roman Republican Numismatics
An essay prepared by Dr. Badian to accompany an exhibit hosted by Harvard University in 1995.

The 2005 Rutgers Exhibition
Read online the publication which accompanied the 2005 exhibition hosted by Rutgers University's Special Collections and University Archives.

Research and Instruction

As the collection and site develops, it will offer tools and resources for research and classroom use, including:

Visualization - coins from every angle
Click the"360° view" link on any record to view the coin from multiple angles. Demo

Coins Research
Assemble, annotate, and share your own subsets of the collection.

Instructional materials
A developing collection of tutorials, lesson plans, and tips for using this collection in the classroom.