Collecting themes in ancient-coin catalogs
    An educational resource for collectors
    Some references to relevant books and articles may be included
     (Revised, March 31, 2019. More to come, but gradually.)

Aksumite (Axumite)
Arabia (pre-Islam)  
Antioch tetradrachms  (see Syrian tetradrachms)
Antinous (under Hadrian)
Argenteus (the denomination)  
Architectural types
Armenian (ancient, Roman-related, and medieval)
Augustus  (Octavian)

BCD  (The catalogs in which the amazingly thorough BCD collections of Greek coins are disbursed. They are remarkable for being reference works in which not only the expected high-value Greek silver coins are offered, but also all the copper issues. BCD himself helped write them and insisted all the denominations and types be included to make them complete reference works, so they provide far more information about the coins form the various regions of Greece than other catalogs and even most books.)

British, pre-Roman  

Byzantine coins, especially those catalogs with strong selections of AE * (Many catalogs--too many to list--have strong runs of Byzantine gold)

The Celator  (the beginnings of an annotated index to articles in the Celator). For older issues, here is the Celator page with a link to pdf file of an index to all issues through September 1998. (I am unaware of any other more current index.)


Cherson  (a Byzantine mint)
Christian (references on Roman coins)

Dark Ages (Ostrogothic, Visigothic, Beneventum, etc.)
d'Este countermarks (once reattributed to the Gonzaga family, they are now again thought to be of the d'Este collection)
Elymais (with Parthia and Persis)

Fakes, Forgeries                                        

Gallo-Roman  (Postumus, etc.)
Gothic denarii  (= Taman imitations)  
Greek AE  
Greek Gold  
Greek Imperial (= Roman Provincial)
Greek silver fractions (fractional denominations such as obols) 
Greek cities or regions (particular cities or regions emphasized)

Hatra in Mesopotamia

Imitations, ancient, including fourrees

Jewish and Holy Land
Julian II  

Late Roman AE  

Mines, coins of the (Roman, Trajan-Marcus Aurelius)


Parthia, Persis, and Elymais
Persis (with Parthia and Elmais)
Quadrans (quadrantes, Roman imperial)
Quinarius (Roman imperial, including tetrarchal, quinarii)

River Gods (on provincial coins):  Helios 3, 2009, April 29-20. 482 lots with river gods!

Roman emperors
    Augustus  (Octavian)
    First Century (12 Caesars, Flavians, etc.)
    Second century (Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, and others of the time)
    Third century  (Severans through Carus)
    Tetrarchy  (Diocletian through Maximinus II)
    Gallo-Roman  (Postumus, etc.)
    Julian II

Roman Republican (including imperatorial)
Roman imperial (anonymous) quadrantes
Roman imperial quinarii
Roman, late Roman AE 
Roman, late Roman siliquae

Roman, Legions on coins
Roman, other reverse types

Roman Provincial (= Greek Imperial)

Sasanian (= Sassanian -- It is spelled here without a "ss")

Severan (see Roman emperors, 3rd century)
Siliquae (late Roman)
Syrian tetradrachms

Taman imitations (a.k.a. Gothic denarii) )
Turkoman figural bronze *

Women featured on coins

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A site on contents of numismatic journals, including

Numismatic Chronicle articles, by year and title (1941 - 2008).

American Journal of Numismatics, by year and title (1989 - 2009) 
American Numismatic Society Museum Notes, by year and title (1945 - 1988)

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