NMS-28FA03: Early-medieval brooch

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BROOCH

Unique ID: NMS-28FA03

Object type certainty: Certain
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Gilded copper alloy disc brooch, cast from an example incorporating a Roman coin, presumably of gold, set within a beaded mount. The outer face shows a bearded, laureate head to the right with an illegible legend; the personage is Septimius Severus, emperor of Rome from AD193 until 211. The reverse carries a figure of Roma or Minerva standing to the left leaning on a shield and holding a Victoriola. The legend may be VIRT[us] AVGG. An integral frame with a beaded border encircles the cast coin. The rear face carries the remains of a copper alloy catcphplate and pin mechanism together with the rusted traces of an iron pin. This brooch is strikingly similar to another from Costessey (NMS-C7A205) which is about twelve miles from the findspot of this example. A ninth century date is likely.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 800
Date to: Circa AD 900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 2020 - Thursday 31st December 2020

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Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 55080
Other reference: INDSE21042021HG

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: South Norfolk (District)
Parish or ward: Forncett (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TM1694
Four figure Latitude: 52.50109666
Four figure longitude: 1.18092005
1:25K map: TM1694
1:10K map: TM19SE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 6 months ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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