10 Facts about currency and coins in Ancient Rome

10. Emperors used imagery on coins as a symbol of power

9. The imagery on coins depicted various elements

8. The ‘Nummularri’ tested suspect coinage

7. Spoils from war facilitated increased production of currency

6. The coins were made of various metals

5. Rome started minting coins around 300 BC

4. The origin of the word ‘mint’ is ascribed to the Roman goddess Juno Moneta

3. Early Roman coinage consisted of 3 monetary systems

2. The first coinage system was the ‘Aes Rude’

1. Trade was originally based on the barter system