History is not merely recorded, it is also minted. Augustus inaugurated the Roman empire and made the aureus the standard gold coin of his principate, and however devalued it may have become over the centuries, it remained as such until Constantine introduced the solidus, and with it the Byzantine empire. The coins which have figured so prominently in documenting the history of Rome are the coins which figure so prominently in this exhibition and its catalogue.


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