Barbarous Roman coins (200 BC - 500 AD)

Ancient barbarous coins seem to have been contemporary with the official coins - they were usually produced because of particular economic circumstances and saw only local limited circulation, and fulfilled the role of token coinage in times of an acute coin shortage. Most of them were produced within the Roman Empire, not by barbarians (thus the name is a misnomer). The coins are wonderful collectibles - usually inexpensive and showing a range of wonderfully crude forms and unusual unorthodox styles, from nearly-official to very crude to completely barbarized.