Roman ivory banker's tally


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Ivory banker's tally dated 5th October 85 BC, giving the name of the cashier COCERO. Roman bankers (Argentarii) offered a range of financial services. Merchant bankers provided finance to buy stock, while Nummularii worked at market tables changing money, taking deposits and making loans. The less wealthy would go to moneylenders to access loans, at a much higher cost.


  • Title: Roman ivory banker's tally
  • Date Created: -0070
  • Location: Rome
  • Physical Dimensions: Length 4.4cm
  • Registration number: 1814,0704.1080
  • Period/culture: Roman Republican
  • Material: Ivory
  • Copyright: The Trustees of the British Museum
  • British Museum link: 1814,0704.1080

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