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Ancient Coins

Identifier: SC-000152


This collection includes ancient coins from the Roman and Greek empires (500 B.C.-600 A.D.). Some of the coins were purchased in Greece between 1956-1957, others were found during an excavation in Kavala, Greece (dates unknown). For each coin, there is a corresponding envelope with handwritten notes; additionally, the majority of the coins have an informational foam core for a potential display. There is also a substantial amount of documentation relating to the discovery and acquisition of the coins prior to their arrival at Hampden-Sydney.


  • Majority of material found in 500 B.C.- 600 A.D. Bulk (coins), 1956-1993 Bulk (documentation)


Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files will be provided for use upon request.

Use of Materials

The nature of the Hampden-Sydney College Archives and Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. As a result, Hampden-Sydney College claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning and individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the College assumes no responsibility.


3 Boxes

Language of Materials


Greek, Ancient (to 1453)





Mostly unknown, some gifted by unknown parties.

Physical Status

Good condition. Take caution of overhandling (skin oils, rubbing surface of coins, etc.), sunlight.

Collection Inventory

box 1: authentic and replica coins; box 2: folders 1-20, information on coins 1-20; box 3: folders 1-13, information on coins 21-33, folders 14-15, historical background

Processing Information

Processed by William Thomas, June 2024
Ancient Coins
William Thomas
2024 June 11
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Hampden-Sydney College Archives & Special Collections Repository

Hampden-Sydney College
Walter M. Bortz III Library
P.O. Box 7
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943 United States
(434) 223-7225