[Lod] Coinage of the Roman Republic Online: Something for Roman Numismatists to “CRRO” about

Ethan Gruber ewg4xuva at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 19:13:13 CET 2015


 Today, in collaboration with the British Museum and the Münzkabinett of
the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the ANS launches another major new tool to
aid in the identification, research and cataloging of the coins of the
ancient world.

 *Coinage of the Roman Republic Online (CRRO) <http://numismatics.org/crro>*
continues the precedent set by Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE)
<http://numismatics.org/ocre> in presenting, in an easily searchable form,
all the varieties of the coinage issued in the Roman Republic. Six online
collections containing over 20,000 specimens of Roman Republican coinage
spread across 2,300 coin types, in addition to hundreds of hoards from Coin
Hoard of the Roman Republic (CHRR) <http://numismatics.org/chrr> and
additional individual findspots provided by Berlin are now available for
research.

 The site presents a basic description of each published variety based on
Michael Crawford’s 1974 publication *Roman Republican Coinage* (RRC), which
remains the primary typology used for the identification of Roman
Republican coin types. Since its publication there have been significant
revisions to the dating of the series following the discovery of new
hoards, but no attempt has been made to reflect these, or to make any other
amendments to the published typology at this stage.

 The descriptions are based on the typology set out in RRC, but have been
modified to meet the standards of the British Museum’s collection
management system by Eleanor Ghey and Ian Leins. These were previously
published in Ghey and Leins 2010, which forms an update to the 1910
catalogue of the collection by Grueber. Additional types not in the British
Museum’s collection were added to this database by Richard Witschonke of
the ANS.

 Many of these coin types are linked to specimens present in the British
Museum’s collection
<http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/publications/online_research_catalogues/rrc/roman_republican_coins/roman_republican_coinage.aspx>,
Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
<http://ww2.smb.museum/ikmk/>, the ANS <http://numismatics.org/search/>,
and elsewhere, and where available, to images. Searches are made
straightforward through a series of facets, presented in a way that will
already be familiar to users of other ANS search tools. Traditional
searches of familiar numismatic categories such as obverse and reverse
legends and types are provided, as well as the ability to search by deity,
in the hope that CRRO will provide an identification tool useful to
collectors, dealers, curators, and field archaeologists. Researchers can
now list all coin types found within a country and any regional division
below the country (E.g., Liguria, down to the town or city).

 ANS database developer, Ethan Gruber, says that, "like OCRE and all of our
other digital projects at the ANS, CRRO uses Linked Open Data methodologies
to aggregate information from disparate institutions and present the
information in an interface available in more than 10 languages with
advanced mapping and metrical analysis features. CRRO is a fully functional
research portal for Roman Republican numismatics."

 The ANS acknowledges the contribution of Michael Crawford to the project,
and also thanks Michael Sharp of Cambridge University Press for allowing us
to use the numbering system of Roman Republican Coinage.

For further information contact Joanne Isaac <jisaac at numismatics.org> or
call (212) 571 4470 ext. 112.
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