An article in the May 7, 2015 issue of CoinsWeekly discusses an important numismatic book recently republished in English. -Editor
Guido Bruck, Late Roman Bronze Coinage - An attribution guide for poorly preserved coins. Translated by
Alisdair Menzies. 2015, 148 pages, Paperback. ISBN: 978-1502926012. $22.50.
Guido Bruck’s “Die spätrömische Kupferprägung”, published in 1961, has been reedited in English. Alisdair Menzies has taken over this
meritorious project which surely will help many friends of Roman coinage to describe poorly preserved coins.
More than fifty years after it went out of print, one of the more unusual and sought after numismatic works on fourth century Roman
bronze coins has been reedited and translated into English.
Guido Bruck’s “Die spätrömische Kupferprägung”, originally published in 1961, is now available under the title “Late Roman Bronze
Coinage – An attribution guide for poorly preserved coins”.
Amongst the most common ancient artefacts encountered by archaeologists in Europe is the fourth century Roman bronze coin. Relatively
few coins, however, are sufficiently well preserved to easily identify using traditional numismatic literature. Guido Bruck, a curator at
the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna from 1948 to 1966 had access to the finest collection of late Roman coins in the world, but was also
faced with the sometimes fastidious task of having to identify coin finds which were not of museum quality.
Traditional numismatic literature is very much text based. Faced with incomplete or worn specimens, most people would find it very time
consuming to come up with a precise identification using traditional texts such as the Roman Imperial Coinage. However, if one pays
attention, there are often clues in the images which allow for a precise identification of the type, Emperor or Caesar and mint, even in
the absence of complete legends or mintmarks.
The ease of use of this book will be appreciated by both archaeologists and numismatists. It is remarkable how many clues are available
if one pays attention. But it should be emphasized that beyond its practical use in identifying coins, this book is valuable in providing a
wonderfully illustrated overview of the iconography of the coin types of the fourth century.
You can purchase the book on Amazon.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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