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The new Centre for Ancient Numismatics provides a locus for existing and new research projects on the coinages of various civilizations and time periods, focusing especially on the Greeks and Romans but also considering other Mediterranean and Near Eastern peoples. Researchers based in the Department of Classics presently work with the McMaster Museum of Art, which is home to an extensive collection of Greek and Roman coinage. Numismatics research crafts a life story of the artefact that reveals the choices behind its existence: the decision to create currency, the selection of types, the economic and political needs behind the coin, its circulation, archaeological recovery, and preservation until the present day are all considered. The mission of the Centre is to reveal, understand, and present that fascinating story for today’s students, researchers, and members of the community by engaging in activities that range from trans-disciplinary scholarly investigation to evocative presentation in public exhibitions.