The ancient Roman army is a fascinating subject to cover. From it, you can see what a legionary soldier was dressed like. You can also see the kind of fortifications that they had on some of the coins. Apparently the idea to put these topics on ancient coins was to show that the empire was still strong, even when it may have been stretched very thin. Here are just some of the interesting examples dealing with the subject of the ancient Roman army.
- Coins of Viminacium featured the province of Moesia between the bull and the lion which were the emblems of the legions stationed there.
or similar coins of Dacia
- Ancient Roman coins depicting the battle scene where the Roman legionary soldier spears the downed soldier on a horse.
- Ancient Roman coins depicting Legionary Soldiers around the early symbol of christianity, the Chi-Rho on a labarum
- Roman Legions on Ancient Roman Coins
- Ancient Roman coins depicting the Camp Gate to the Legionary Camp or City Gates
- Mars, the Ancient Roman God of War on Ancient Coins or Ares for the Greeks
- Ancient Roman Coins depicting the Chi-Rho on the Roman Legionary Standard or labarum or standard.
- “Civilizing” Barbarians, captives, captive – The Romans depicted themselves civilizing barbarians and with coins with one or more captives.
- Virtus, the personification of valor, on ancient Roman coins,
- Helmets on Authentic ancient Greek and Roman coins
- Legionary Standards on authentic ancient Roman coins
or Nicaea which often depict the legionary standards.
- Ancient Roman and Greek coins depicting the shield
- Ancient Roman and Greek coins depicting the Spear
- Ancient coins depicting the horse on them, or horseman, or on horseback.
- The Galley or “trireme” on ancient Roman and Greek coins, showing the naval power
- Coins celebrating a “victory over” various foes that the Roman emperors had, some including other rival rulers and entire empires.
- Trophy the symbol of military victory on ancient coins. or tropaion which is another way of saying a trophy made of military arms captured from armies. It was interesting that it was an honor to donate captured weaponry and shields to a city or to a god or goddess!
- Coins during the era of Constantine the Great with the inscription dedicated to the “Glory of the Army” with inscriptions that say GLORIA EXERCITVS.
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