In 289 BCE, Rome made its first coins, which were crude, heavy-cast bronze. In Roman society, coins often had meanings or used imagery and inscriptions to convey ideas (such as eagles for victory). To this day, coins are often used to celebrate events or people who are special to society, as the Royal Australian Mint’s many commemorative coins show. This is a hammered coin from the ancient Roman Byzantine empire from the National Coin Collection.
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