ssin can u tell me about the Differences between the Greeks and the Roman coins? If there is a difference or one imitates the other?
Although Romans took a huge chunk of Greek culture and just adopted it as theirs, some more material things such as money were different. The coins weighed and looked differently, they had different monetary systems, however there was one notable common thing : the gold:silver ratio which was about 1:16 and it was very long the case everywhere, I think it stayed the same until people started digging silver in large quantities during industrial revolution in 19th century, so the ratio today is 1:60, meaning that silver significantly devalued in modern times in comparison with gold, with only recent slight corrections. The basic unit in Rome was AS, made of copper. 4 of them was 1 sestertius, 4 sestertii were one silver denarius, and 25 silver denari used to be one golden aureus, 7-8gr of gold...in later phases they had a huge inflation...
Otherwise, the coins were very different, Rome was Kingdom, then Republic and then for a long time an Empire and it is clearly reflected in coins. Roman coins are very good documents because Romans often celebrated contemporary events on their coins. Take this one for example:
It's a very nice (and surely expensive) sestertius of Roman emperor Vespasian with inscription "IUDEA CAPTA" on reverse.
"To celebrate the Roman conquest of Jerusalem, numerous "Judea Capta" coins in bronze, silver, and gold were minted. The Judea Capta coin testifies to the great importance the Romans attached to quelling the revolt in Judea and capturing Jerusalem. This image was designed and circulated to send a message of Judea's defeated revolt to all the provinces of the Roman Empire and served as constant reminder of the fate of rebellious provinces
You can see how much history can be read from one coin. And to think that this small piece of metal saw all that, was used by both the Roman conquerors and your forefathers, exchanged hands, and stayed preserved for almost 2000 years, and that Romans are long gone now but Jews are still there, all that is amazing, isn't it.
The Jewish date palms on this coin were extinguished by I read somewhere that Israeli researches found some ancient seed, managed to recreate it and made it grew into the original Jewish palm!