The "Divi Series" project, introduced here, is a study of over 2000 restitution series antoniniani organized within a database. The objectives of this research are to:
Calculate the total number of original dies and from that, to estimate the total volume of the mint’s production.
Determine the die-link chains which will allow us to recreate production sequences and arrange the dies in chronological order.
Link the hybrid coins from our series with other contemporary coins and other historical evidence to confirm the chronology traditionally attributed to the "Divi Series".
Propose analytical methods that could be applied to other analogous coin series.
Because of the large volume of information involved, it has been necessary to write a custom software program to build the die-link trees. Every time a new coin is registered and its dies identified, the new information must be linked into the die-link tree.
inclusion of a new coin to the registry is permanent, and the process of
updating the database will continue
beyond the publication of this present report. The results published
here, already showing a high degree of reliability, will only improve as
progressively more coins are registered.