Marcian to Leontius (450-488 AD)

This section of Numismall.com contains coins of Marcian and his successors, covering the period from 450 to 488 AD. The very late Roman coins are crude, showing the decline of the Empire, but are very popular due to their historical richness and numismatic scarcity. The Roman Empire, spanning much of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, produced thousands of different types of coins throughout its history. Each of the Emperors and many of the usurpers minted coins showing their portrait and naming them, making the Roman coins very rich in history. Roman currency for most of Roman history consisted of gold, silver, bronze, orichalcum and copper coinage. From its introduction to the Republic, during the third century BC, well into Imperial times, Roman currency saw many changes in form, denomination, and composition. Roman Imperial coinage remains one of the most popular collecting areas in numismatics.