The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia houses nearly 600 coins of Greek and Roman origin. The coins were generally acquired in small lots that were purchased or donated from 1987-2001, but larger groups of coins belonging to English hoards were also acquired, including 51 from the Normanby Hoard and 302 from the Oliver's Orchard Hoards. About 450 of the total number of coins are from the Roman Republic or Empire, providing a broad sample of coins from the late 3rd century B.C. to the late 3rd century A.D., particularly from the Crisis of the Third Century--including more than 100 coins from the breakaway Gallic Empire of A.D. 260-274. Among the collection is a small handful of Byzantine, Jewish, Nabataean, and Medieval coinage.
This version of the numismatic collection website is based on Numishare, an open source framework for managing and publishing coins and medals. Numishare originated with the first release of this collection in 2008 through the Scholars' Lab of the University of Virginia Library, following its development during a Roman numismatics graduate seminar taught by Prof. John Dobbins in the Fall of 2007. Currently, Numishare is developed and maintained by the American Numismatic Society, and through Numishare the Fralin Museum collection utilizes numismatic concepts defined by Nomisma.org and geographic places defined by the Pleiades Gazetteer of Ancient Places to make the collection broadly available by means of linked open data in Pelagios and Online Coins of the Roman Empire, Coinage of the Roman Repubic Online, and Nomisma.org.