Grant helps in implementation of Roman Imperial catalog by ANS, New York University

Online database catalogs coins from major museums worldwide
By , Coin World
Published : 04/11/14
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In collaboration with New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, the American Numismatic Society has released a new version of Online Coins of the Roman Empire with the help of a $300,000 grant.

The ANS and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World received the grant from the Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant, made as part of the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program, will provide for the full implementation of the Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) project, according to an April 4 press release.

OCRE is co-directed by Dr. Andrew Meadows of the ANS and Professor Roger Bagnall of ISAW and managed by Dr. Gilles Bransbourg.

According to the ANS, the OCRE project is creating a revolutionary new tool designed to help in the identification, cataloging, and research of the rich and varied coinage of the Roman Empire. It aims to provide a comprehensive online resource encompassing every known Roman Imperial coin type.

OCRE, at, allows users to search in 10 languages other than English. This is made possible by multilingual labels provided by’s identifier.

“This was a clear prerequisite in order to allow OCRE to become a truly international platform,” says ANS Deputy Director Meadows.

Romanian, Bulgarian, Swedish, Dutch, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Greek and Italian are among the languages offered by OCRE.

In a further development, OCRE can now link to another ANS developed resource, Coin Hoards of the Roman Republic ( This enables OCRE to draw on findspot data for some early imperial coin types, and map their distribution.

Findspot data represents the three-dimensional location of an artifact or feature within an archaeological site.

The end result of the OCRE project will be, according to the ANS:

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