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Finally a way to get a close look at ancient coins, enrich your knowledge of classic cultures, and find out why we call them “heads” and “tails.” Zoom and pan through more than 250 ancient Greek and Roman coins on display in the newly opened Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Flip over each rare object for a detailed view in beautiful high-resolution photography of both sides of these miniature works of art that tell the tales of emperors and city-states. A timeline feature ranging from 650 BC to AD 375 puts the ancient coins in their historical and political context, and each coin has complete information on materials (gold, silver, bronze, and electrum), mottos, and making.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Wonderful app and pictures!


Thank you MFA for a wonderful app with amazing photographs (great lighting!)
Nice timeline and summaries.
Please add more coins and especially more details. Would love deeper historical context and descriptions and more coin details like size and weight.
There are lots of fun facts one could add that would bring these to life and live up to the impeccable photography (i.e. - when you talk about the Kyrenaica tet. with the sylphion plant you should point out that this plant is now extinct, what its uses were, and that it was lost to us in antiquity).
Thank you again!

Too big to keep

Erla Birder

Enjoyed this app on ancient coins, but it was too big to keep on my "older" iPad. It swallowed up 10% of the overall storage space. That's too much for one app. I decided to delete it.

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I wish the app had been created in such a way that the amount of space it takes up was not over 1 GB! It may be a great app, but I had to erase this memory hog because an app of this size is not friendly to general users who use their iPads for lots of stuff. I'm bummed. :-(


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1 GB
Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


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