Material Text Cultures

Graffiti on Roman gold coins: spectrum of meaning and communication strategies


current staff members

Teilprojektleiterin Dr. Susanne Börner
akademische Mitarbeiterin Friederike Stahlke
akademischer Mitarbeiter Andreas Müller




The subproject focuses on the analysis of graffiti (engravings) on Roman gold coins. The CRC 933 is entering new territory with this: not only are numismatic testimonies observed as written artefacts for the first time, but also the reception practices carried out on them. While graffiti on other materials have already been examined on many occasions, this has not yet been done in regard to coins.

Graffito [?]·ΛV in exergue of the reverse of a binio of Probus, strucked 277 a. D., Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Inv.   18216272, Foto: Lutz-Jürgen Lübke (Lübke und Wiedemann),   Graffito XV on the reverse of a gold coin (solidus), strucked for Aelia Verina, around 465 a. D., Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu   Berlin, In. 18200558, ill.: Lutz-Jürgen Lübke (Lübke und Wiedemann),

Numismatic holdings with a clear provenance will be used for a praxeologically oriented artefact analysis, which includes the autopsy, description and deciphering of graffiti as well as their systematic recording. In order to develop a meaningful corpus for the project, a central database – the Graffiti-Portal – will be implemented in cooperation with the TP INF. This database will serve to make numismatic artefacts with graffiti available to the public and the scientific community even after the end of the CRC.



Subprojects of the 3rd Funding Period

A01 A02 A03 A05 A06 A08 A09 A10 A11 A12 B01 B04 B09 B10 B13 B14 B15 C05 C07 C08 C09 C10 INF Ö2 Z



Completed Subprojects

A01 A03 A04 B02 B03 B06 B07 B11 B12 C01 C02 C03 C04 C06 IGK Ö1



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