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Tokens of the Ancient Mediterranean (TAM). An ongoing database collecting the types of tokens from the Greek and Roman worlds.

Token Specimens of the Ancient Mediterranean. An ongoing database collecting together examples of tokens from museums, excavations and other publications.


  • Antonino Crisà entered token data related to Italy.
  • Denise Wilding entered token data related to Egypt and Gaul.
  • Mairi Gkikaki entered token data related to Athens.
  • Clare Rowan entered token data related to Italy.
  • Cristian Mondello entered token data related to late antiquity.


Since what tokens look like are not widely known, we attach here the public domain copy of Rostovtzeff's catalogue to facilitate wider academic and public knowledge about these objects.

Rostovtzeff, Tesserarum Urbis Romae et Suburbi. Text. Plates I-II, III-VI, VII-IX, X-XII. Supplementum 1.

Resources created by undergraduates:

Tokens showing spectacles. An English translation of a selection of Rostovtzeff's Latin text by Becky Rolfe. Read more about animal tokens in Rome on her poster.

Tokens in the British Museum showing Minerva, Athena or Roma. An analysis by Beth Moreing.

Education/School Materials

Cambridge-KCL PGCE INSET (14th February 2017). Powerpoint. Handout.

Roman finger counting video.

University Teaching Ideas

Bill Maurer - Teaching about money's origins - and its possible cryptographic futures- with Proto-cuneiform.