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CX902 - Ancient Numismatics

  • Module code: CX902
  • Module name: Ancient Numismatics
  • Department: Classics and Ancient History
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

"Numismatics is the study of systems of coinage. The module covers the coinages of Greece and Rome from the end of the seventh century BC to the seventh century AD. The module looks at the various ways that coinage can be used in the study of the ancient world, as a source for history, art history, archaeology and ancient economics. "

Principal learning outcomes

"Learning how to use material culture in the study of antiquity; using astract numerical data from coin finds; skills of recognition of different classes of coinage; a greater understanding of political and economic history. Understanding the limitations and potential of the material. Appreciation of methodological issues in dealing with numismatic evidence. Essay writing skills encompassing structure and logical argument, slection of suitable illustrative material and application of appropriate methodologies. Ability to conduct independent research & analysis. Transferable skills: Written and oral communication skills; organisational and time management skills; Ability to evaluate intellectual progress; IT skills - word processing/ use of internet."

Timetabled teaching activities

Student-led seminars, with group discussion led by module tutor.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: CX902-30)
A (Assessed work only) 5000-word essay 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture (V301) - Year 2