HESH-020441: Roman Coin:reduced siliquae of Valentinian, Valens or Gratian

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Unique ID: HESH-020441

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Clipped silver siliqua,possibly a contemporary copy, of an uncertain emperor, but possibly Valentinian II (375-92), SECVRITAS [?REI PVBLICAE]; Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm. The reverse type is not used on any siliquae between 337 and 410, so it is probably a copy made from the common Valentinianic nummus with this type. See RIC IX, p. 97, no. 18a for a potential prototype.


The portrait has a distinctive moustache.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 375
Date to: Circa AD 378

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.22 g
Diameter: 13.8 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill
Secondary identifier: Dr Sam Moorhead

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Incomplete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Siliqua
Denomination qualifier: Probably
Ruler/issuer: Valentinian I
Primary ruler qualifier: Possibly
Reece period: Period 19 [364-378]
Obverse description: Diademed crowned head facing right. The coin has been heavily clipped.
Obverse inscription: {...]N? P F AV[G] (as in D N VALENTINIANVS IVN P F AVG)

Reverse description: Worn victory advancing left with wreath.
Reverse inscription: SECRITA[S REPVBLICAE]

Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Reverse mint mark: [ ]
Status: Contemporary copy
Status qualifier: Possibly

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Lower Bullingham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO5238
Four figure Latitude: 52.038312
Four figure longitude: -2.701186
1:25K map: SO5238
1:10K map: SO53NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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