NCL-EE2655: Roman coin: nummus of House of Theodosius; Gloria Romanorum type

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Unique ID: NCL-EE2655

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A nummus of the House of Theodosius, GLORIA ROMANORVM, 3 emperors,type dating to AD 406-408.

This coin is the latest issue of a small hoard of 8 coins found north of Hadrian's Wall.


This issue was struck in the eastern mints of the Roman Empire - Constantinople, Nicomedia, Cyzicus, Antioch, and Alexandria. These coins are very common as site-finds in the central and eastern Mediterranean, but only one has been previously recorded from Britain as a site-find or in a hoard, a detector find from Didcot, Oxfordshire (Abdy and Williams 2006:30, no. 51).

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Exactly AD 406
Date to: Exactly AD 408

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.14 mm
Weight: 2 g
Diameter: 13.58 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 6th May 2007

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Dr Robert Collins
Identified by: Dr Robert Collins
Secondary identifier: Dr Sam Moorhead

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: House of Theodosius
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 22 [402-445]
Obverse description: Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right with a star behind the bust.
Obverse inscription: illegible.

Reverse description: Three emperors standing, holding spears and shields with the central figure smaller. The emperors are Arcadius, Theodosius II and Honorius
Reverse inscription: ...OR...

Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine
Reverse mint mark: A...? (possibly Antioch or Alexandria)
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

  • LRBC : II p.109, type 21

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Great Whittington area

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Abdy, R. and Williams, G. 2006 A Catalogue of Hoards and Single Finds from the British Isles, c. AD410-675 London Brill 30 no. 51
Kent, J.P.C. 1994 Roman Imperial Coinage London Spink & Son Ltd no. 142ff

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Audit data

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

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