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Coin ID Helpers
Anatomy of a Roman Coin
This guide dissects a Roman coin bit by bit. It examines obverse and reverse types. It also demonstrates how to dissect inscriptions to decipher their meanings. It also includes a list of the most common abbreviations, with their meanings. 
Attributing Your Roman Coin
You may want to reproduce and hand out to your students the following guide to help them with their coin attributions (click the print icon in the upper right of the page). This guide advocates one technique of attributing coins by starting with the reverse image and inscription.  Another technique of beginning with the obverse image can be found in the document "One ACE Teacher's Guide for Teachers" in the Teachers Resources section.  You may want to try both methods to see which works best for you and your students.
Glossary of Coin Terms
A glossary of the commonly encountered terminology associated with the ACE project. Learn the difference between a patina and a patera! Tell your billion from your billon. This glossary is very helpful to first year partcipants
Kate Gilbert's Guide to Obverse Types
This fun guide was created by ACE Teacher Kate Gilbert of Ben Franklin Academy in Atlanta, GA. It examines the more common obverse types in ACE lots. Is that bust draped? Is it cuirassed? Does the fellow in pictures look like Philp I? Get these quesions answered and more in this excellent guide. ACE Teachers really are the best!!
Scott's Identifier
 This Informative and entertaining guide was written by ACE director Scott Uhrick. It covers the most common types of coins found in ACE coin lots. It features pictures of coins from Scott's personal collection. It covers the common obverse and reverse images and legends. (Link will open in a new window, simply close the window to return to the ACE site)
Elementary Identifier
 This guide was put together by ACE Director Souzana Steverding, with help from ACE Director Scott Uhrick. It covers the basic "anatomy" of a coin as well as the most common inscriptions, emperors and types of coins found in the typical ACE lot of coins.
Doug Smith's "Twelve Types"
 This excellent guide to the 12 most common reverse types was written by ACE friend Doug Smith. It offers a wealth of information and should be required reading for anybody serious about the coin attributon project.
Coin ID Help Form
 If you have looked through all the other guides and still need some help, use this form to post your request to the ACE ID help list. The experts on the list stand ready to assist you. Please try to do as much of the attributing as you can before asking for help. The experts are here to help you, not do your work for you!
Coin Data Sheet
ACE has created this coin data sheet to help your students record the metrology of their coins. It helps direct them to look for the things that will ultimately help them correctly attribute their coin
Greek Alphabet Helper
When attributing Roman provincial coinage, knowledge of the Greek alphabet is important. This document is designed to give the novice a simple overview of the characters used in the ancient Greek alphabet. 
Intro to Islamic Coins by Neal Evans
Teacher Neal Evans has put together and excellent introduction to Islamic coins. It covers enough basic information to help students with the basics of this varied and complicated coinage. Click HERE to download the .pdf (290kb)
Visual Help IDing Roman Provincials

Visual help is often needed when identifying Roman Provincial coins and especially those from Greek speaking lands ( known as " Greek Imperials").
William Peters'  Roman Provincial site gives you visual identification help:




Intro to Roman Provincial Coinage
 This introduction was written by ACE President Mark Lehman. It provides a basic overview of this complex and varied coinage. It includes links to resources that will surely be of use.