Collection Highlights: Heberden Coin Room
Tiberius (AD 14–37)
Roman, brass sestertius, 37 mm diameter, AD 35–6. Temple of Concordia.
The practice of putting buildings on coins was essentially a Roman innovation. In a general sense this is a reflection of the Roman preoccupation with building. More particularly the representation of monuments on coins may have been suggested by the Roman view of their coins as monuments in their own right. This spectacular depiction of the Temple of Concordia is particularly notable for its array of statuary, which gives a good impression of the web of imagery associated with Roman temples.