The Mystique of Roman Tyche Coins

Ancient coins were minted in various cities across the Roman Empire, depicting notable historical figures with distinctive attributes that reflect their association with the city or region. Besides trade, ancient coins were also used to promote rulers, to celebrate victories, or to bind peoples together. Based on a country's purpose or religion, these coins featured the heads of gods or their symbols - plants, animals, or portraits of rulers. 

Tyche, the Greek goddess of fortune and prosperity, was often equated with the Roman goddess Fortuna. She often wears a mural crown (a crown with city walls) symbolizing her role as a protector of the city. The reverse side of Tyche coins might feature symbols or deities significant to the issuing city. 


Art Institute of Chicago Coins

We have Tyche coin earrings and our charm bracelet includes coins with Alexander the Great (King of Macedon), Tyche (Goddess of fortune), and Hadrian (Roman emperor).

Roman coins are fascinating artifacts that reflect the cultural and religious syncretism of the Roman Empire. They offer a glimpse into how ancient cities viewed themselves and their protectors, blending Greek and Roman traditions in their iconography and inscriptions. 

Roman coin bracelet with multiple dangling coin charms

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