Roman Silver


This time of year its frustrating knowing the permissions you have and the finds just waiting to be found…but it does give you the chance to research the finds you made in the previous season.

For example, below is a silver siliqua. Found in Harlton last year it is a coin from the Emperor Valens (AD364-78).

Looking at the mint mark it seems to be a rare occurence in the UK at least of a coin struck in Rome itself somewhere around 364-7. According to Sam Morrhead’s excellent book on Roman coins only two other examples of this have been found in Britain to date. There are probably more to be fair but just not reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS). Image

 

On the obverse under the wreath section are two initials “R” and “Q”. These relate to the fourth workshop operating in Rome at this time.

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So you see even though you cant get out on the fields there is plenty you can be “finding” nevertheless!

 

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