In the July 2012 issue of ANS News the American Numisamtic Society announced a new online resources: OCRE - Online Coins of the Roman Empire. Here's an excerpt from the press release.
Today, in collaboration with New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World,
the ANS launches a major new tool to aid in the identification, research and cataloging of the
coins of the ancient world.
OCRE (Online Coins of the Roman Empire) is an attempt to present, in an easily searchable form,
all the varieties of the coinage issued by the emperors of ancient Rome. Phase 1, which is
launched today, covers the coinage of the first emperors, from Augustus to Hadrian (27 BC – AD
The site presents a basic description of each published variety based on the ANS’ collection
catalogue (MANTIS). Each of these type descriptions is linked to specimens present in the ANS
collection and, where available, to images. Searches are made straightforward through a series
of facets, presented in a way that will already be familiar to users of other ANS search tools.
Traditional searches of familiar numismatic categories such as obverse and reverse legends and
types are provided, in the hope that OCRE will provide an identification tool useful to collectors,
dealers, curators and field archaeologists. Subject searches have also been provided to allow
more general researchers to find personifications, deities and portraits.
“OCRE is yet another example of the way that the ANS is both presenting numismatic material
to those knowledgeable in the field, as well as expanding the accessibility of numismatic
material to broader audiences”, notes ANS Executive Director Ute Wartenberg Kagan. “Building
on years of curatorial work to catalogue our coins, we hope that our new web-based tools will
make that work available to as broad an audience as possible, in as flexible a way as possible”.
OCRE project manager and Roman specialist, Gilles Bransbourg describes the advance that is
heralded by OCRE: “OCRE is a leap forward for numismatists, historians and archaeologists
alike. Until now, any research into Roman imperial coinage had to rely on paper-based
catalogues, online auctions or the very few collections available online. OCRE offers a single,
central online catalogue that allows users to view, download and organize digitized information
covering the entire history of the Roman imperial coinage. T
To access OCRE, see:
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