BH-3CD2BC: Roman coin die

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Unique ID: BH-3CD2BC

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A solid iron Roman coin die. The die is sub-pyrimedal in shape with the sub-square striking surface that is relatively flat. The sides taper inwards and terminate at a slightly rounded sub-square face. The surfaces are worn and deteriorated with pitting an encrustation of corrosion product. There is no surviving evidence of the coin design on the striking surface.

The coin die measures 42.6mm in height while the striking surface is 28.3mm x 27.9mm. The coin die weighs 125.61 grams.

Another iron coin weight (BH-3C854E) was found in the same field, along with a copper-alloy rod and several blank pellets (BH-3D1EA6)two Roman steelyard weights (BH-A6461B, BH-A622B5) and numerous copper-alloy ingots (BH-7A1121).

The collection is comparable to a similar collection of iron coin dies and blanks from Wing, Buckinghamshire (BUC-D08867); see also BUC-D099B6, as well as a similar coin die from Creslow, Buckinghamshire (BUC-FC9DEF).

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 42.6 mm
Width: 28.3 mm
Thickness: 27.9 mm
Weight: 125.61 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st March 2020 - Tuesday 30th June 2020

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Bedford (Unitary Authority)
District: Bedford (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Bedford

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: BH
Created: 6 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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