CORN-6A9432: Roman coin: Republican denarius of Caius Antestius (obverse)

Rights Holder: Royal Institution of Cornwall
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Unique ID: CORN-6A9432

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Silver Republican denarius of Caius Antestius, Mint of Rome, 146BC, countermarked with upside down VI on the cheek, possibly referring to the 6th Roman legion (which later fought under Julius Caesar in Gaul). RRC 219/1d-e


This is one of the earliest Roman coins found as a site-find in Britain

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: returned to finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: 146 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.9 mm
Weight: 3.12 g
Diameter: 17.8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st April 2006 - Wednesday 31st May 2006

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Denarius (Roman Republic)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Republic
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 1 [Pre AD 41]
Mint or issue place: Rome
Mint qualifier: Certain
Obverse description: head of Roma facing right, wearing winged helmet, the visor being less peaked and the three pieces more separate than other examples made by this moneyer, the earring is of a single drop and there is an X under the chin; overstamped with VI, upside down, on cheek
Obverse inscription: [C.AESTI]

Reverse description: Dioscuri (Castor and Pollux) on horseback charging right with dog running to the right under forelegs of horses.
Reverse inscription: In exergue: ROMA

Republican moneyer: Antestius, C.
RRC Identifier: RRC 219/1d
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: St. Winnow (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SX1257
Four figure Latitude: 50.38276697
Four figure longitude: -4.64574517
1:25K map: SX1257
1:10K map: SX17SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: returned to finder
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

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

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