Collecting themes in ancient-coin catalogs
    An educational resource for collectors
    Some references to relevant books and articles may be included

     (Revised, June 24, 2016. Much more to come, but gradually.)

Aksumite (Axumite)
Arabia (pre-Islam)  
Antioch tetradrachms  (see Syrian tetradrachms)
Antinous (under Hadrian)
Argenteus (the denomination)  
Architectural types
Armenian (ancient, Roman-related, and medieval)
Augustus  (Octavian)

BCD  (The catalogs in which the amazingly thorough BCD collections of Greek coins are disbursed. They are remarkable for being reference works in which not only the expected high-value Greek silver coins are offered, but also all the copper issues. BCD himself helped write them and insisted all the denominations and types be included to make them complete reference works, so they provide far more information about the coins form the various regions of Greece than other catalogs and even most books.)

Byzantine coins, especially those catalogs with strong selections of AE (many catalogs--too many to list--have strong runs of Byzantine gold)

The Celator  (the beginnings of an annotated index to articles in the Celator). For older issues, here is the Celator page with a link to pdf file of an index to all issues through September 1998. (I am unaware of any other more current index.)

Cherson  (a Byzantine mint)

Dark Ages (Ostrogothic, Visigothic, Beneventum, etc.)
d'Este countermarks (now thought to be of the Gonzaga family)
Elymais (with Parthia and Persis)

Gallo-Roman  (Postumus, etc.)
Gothic denarii  (= Taman imitations)  
Greek AE  
Greek Imperial (= Roman Provincial)
Greek silver fractions (fractional denominations such as obols) 
Greek cities or regions (particular cities or regions emphasized)

Hatra in Mesopotamia

Jewish and Holy Land
Julian II  

Late Roman AE  

Mines, coins of the (Roman, Trajan-Marcus Aurelius)


Parthia, Persis, and Elymais
Persis (with Parthia and Elmais)
Quadrans (quadrantes, Roman imperial)
Quinarius (Roman imperial, including tetrarchal, quinarii)

Roman emperors
Augustus  (Octavian)
    First Century (Flavians, etc.)
    Second century (Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, and others of the time)
    Third century  (Severans through Carus)
    Gallo-Roman  (Postumus, etc.)
    Julian II

Roman Republican (including imperatorial)
Roman imperial (anonymous) quadrantes
Roman imperial quinarii
Roman, late Roman AE 
Roman, late Roman siliquae

Roman Provincial (= Greek Imperial)

Sasanian (= Sassanian -- It is spelled here without a "ss")

Severan (see Roman emperors, 3rd century)
Siliquae (late Roman)
Syrian tetradrachms

Taman imitations (a.k.a. Gothic denarii) )
Turkoman figural bronze

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A site on contents of numismatic journals, including

Numismatic Chronicle articles, by year and title (1941 - 2008).

American Journal of Numismatics, by year and title (1989 - 2009) 
American Numismatic Society Museum Notes, by year and title (1945 - 1988)

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