Automatic attributon of ancient Roman imperial coins

Oggie Arandelovic*

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Classification of coins is an important but laborious aspect of numismatics - the field that studies coins and currency It is particularly challenging in the case of ancient coins. Due to the way they were manufactured, as well as wear from use and exposure to chemicals in the soil, the same ancient coin type can exhibit great variability in appearance. We demonstrate that geometry-free models of appearance do not perform better than chance on this task and that only a small improvement is gained by previously proposed models of combined appearance and geometry. Thus, our first major contribution is a new type of feature which is efficient in terms of computational time and storage requirements, and which effectively captures geometric configurations between descriptors corresponding to local features. Our second contribution is a description of a fully automatic system based on the proposed features, which robustly localizes, segments out and classifies coins from cluttered mages. We also describe a large database of ancient coins that we collected and which will be made publicly available. Finally, we report the results of empirical comparison of different coin matching techniques. The features proposed in this paper are found to greatly outperform existing methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2010 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2010 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 13 Jun 201018 Jun 2010


Conference2010 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


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