" There is primary literature written by scholars making an original contribution to knowledge, and there is a great deal of secondary literature (a lot on the web) that is written by people who have read the primary literature and are summarizing it for a wider audience.To progress from novice to intermediate collector you will want to read a lot of secondary literature. I just wanted you to know it was not just a matter of finding the right book to buy.In setting out to write this article, I have the modest goal of helping new collectors of Roman Imperial coins to interpret the inscriptions on their coins.I must state at the outset that there will be nothing new here, I travel the well marked path of the great numismatists who have gone before me. Reading and Dating Roman Imperial Coins by Zander Klawans has been the starting point for more Roman collectors than perhaps any other book of the last half century and the fact that it is still in print is a testament to it's value.While some of the following titles may sometimes appear on the reverse of coins, generally reverse inscriptions are beyond the scope of this article.
First we will look at the meaning of the more common abbreviations and then examine the names of the emperors as they appear on the coins. In order to fit the many titles of an emperor on a medium as small as a coin, it proved necessary to abbreviate those titles heavily.
People with 100 ancient coins may not be beginners any more, but there is much more to collecting than just buying coins and knowing values. Numismatics is a branch of history and scholars write books and articles about ancient coins.
So, there is a great deal of information available beyond the level of "What is it and what is it worth?
The two who have had the greatest influence on me have been David R. Many new collectors and even advanced students of Latin shy away from attempting to decipher the seemingly cryptic inscriptions found on most Roman coins.
The reason for this initial apprehension is that the ancient Romans were excessive abbreviators and that the legends were run together without stops or breaks.