The numismatic collection
Here you have a selection of the numismatic collection of the museum. The presence of this
collection is linked to the Federico’s Eusebio studies, who noted the origins of each artefact,
preserving them into a specific wooden bag. Other contributes to the formation of the collection
date back to the 1930s and to the 1940s, though the last one (63 coins) goes back to the 1977 after
the Giuseppe’s Gallizio death. The latter nucleus lacks precise information about its origin. The
collection represents the ancient monetary circulation in this environment, even if there can be
found some foreign elements.
Precious metal coins, with a consequently high commercial value, are absent: only copper alloy
coins have been found in Alba and they constituted part of the daily small changes.
The rare Publius’ Elvius Pertinax coining had a particular importance here, its birth city. He was
born in Alba Pompeia and the collection houses also a modern copy of it, produced by fusion
– Eusebio’s coins case
– Pertinax’ sestertius (n.35):on the obverse, the Emperor with a laurel crown, on the reverse, the
portrait of the deity Laetitia, with the staff and the crown