UB students may soon get the chance to hold the same objects that figures like Julius Caesar, Augustus and Alexander the Great might have more than 2,000 years ago. In the midst of Lockwood Memorial Library’s rare book collection is a set of recently rediscovered coins that date as far back as the Roman Empire. The coins include 34 silver medals of the Kings of England from William I to George II; a selection of silver Greek coins dating from 600-100 B.C.; a variety of British gold coins from 200 B.C. to 1911; gold Roman coins depicting Emperors; and a small number of Japanese gold coins from the 19th century.
The coins have been in Lockwood Library for 80 years, but students will just now get the opportunity to work with them.