The book of Mariana Pîslaru, already a consecrated and appreciated researcher in the field of ancient numismatics, represents a higher manifestation of the author`s over a decade preoccupations on the matter.
Undoubtedly, the catalogue is the most developed and important part of the book, comprising over 3.000 pieces discovered within the fortress, the urban settlement and the necropolises of Potaissa. The analysed lot comprises Roman imperial coins of the 1st – 4th century AD, Greek imperial coins of the 2nd – 3rd century AD and a Byzantine coin of the 6th century AD. .... Due to its thoroughness, the catalogue emerges as a durable reference work that corresponds to best recent papers dedicated to finds both from Roman Dacia and the Empire.
Obviously, a substantial part of the volume is dedicated to the debates on the evolution of monetary circulation at Potaissa, considering either isolated finds or hoards. The analysis is made for each of large coin categories unearthed at Potaissa. .... Greek imperial coins sub-chapter is the most complete debate insofar on such category of finds from the territory of Roman Dacia.
The author’s conclusions regarding the techniques used for the production of plated and cast coins largely benefited from the results of interdisciplinary research (4 annexes). (din prefaţa semnată Dr. Ernest Oberländer-Târnoveanu)