I guess what I am looking for is information on how provincials were valued. Would an Eastern, Greek inscribed brass provincial of about the same weight as an Imperial issue be accepted in the West as the simulacrum of coins from an Imperial mint? Are there any literary or numismatic hints of this from ancient times? Anyone make any studies on this aspect of Provincial coinage, their value outside the city of issue? Do readers have any Provincial coins that are very similar in appearance and weight to the Imperial coinage and might have passed at par with them and if so could you post them? Now, for some of these coins. First I have paired (top, left) an As of Augustus with what is usually considered a provincial issue, one from a Spanish mint and legends in Latin. The weight of the Imperial As is 10.6 grams, and that of the Spanish mint is 10.8 grams. The second pairing (top, right) is that of sestertius sized coins of Caracalla with his father Septimius Severus. The bronze of Caracalla weighs 17.5 grams (mint of Serdica) and the Imperial of Septimius 23.8 grams. The third grouping (lower left is of three dupondius weight coins of Geta at 13.72 grams from (Nikoplis) Caracalla at 12.67 grams (from Stobi) and an Imperial dupondius of Commodus at 13.9 grams. Lastly are two silver coins, a denarius of Caracalla at 2.8 grams and a drachma from Caesarea (Cappadocia) of Septimius at 2.94 grams. So, what think you? You are a merchant at a stall in Rome and these Provincials are what your buyer wants to pay in. Do you accept them at all? At par? At a discount? Send him to the corner money changer? Of course the real question is what did the Romans do in such a situation.