So lots of greek and roman coins are reasonably common and especially late era Roman Bronze coins are frequently available in "Very Fine" condition for $5-25.
$10ish for 1500-2000 year old coins seems absurd.
Like, I can think of way less worthwhile things to spend $10 on.
It's useless, but having a few thousand year old coins to keep, to copy, to give as gifts, that seems like a good use of a couple dozen bucks.
Someone asked (at least a little tongue in cheek) what the buying power of some of these old Roman coins would have been.
It's hard to say with any accuracy, but I found this article which gets in to some of the details: https://web.archive.org/web/20130210071801/http://dougsmith.ancients.info/worth.html
I'm mostly looking at coins from circa 300.
"Nummus is a Latin term meaning "coin", but used technically by modern writers for a range of low-value copper coins issued by the Roman and Byzantine empires during Late Antiquity.
The word was also used during the later years of the Roman Republic and the early Empire, either as a general word for a coin, or to describe the sestertius, which was the standard unit for keeping accounts."
condiments ancient and moder.
@ajroach42 you could compare a bottle of ketchup to a jug of that weird gross fish paste the Romans used. That's probably almost comparable between Roman and US culture
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