IOW-ED90B1: Roman Coin: Nummus of Fausta

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COIN

Unique ID: IOW-ED90B1

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete copper alloy nummus of Fausta, AD 324-6; [SALVS or SPES REI PVBLICAE]; Salus standing, holding two children in her arms; Mint unclear. RIC VII, p. 205, c.f. nos 459-60 for types.

Notes:

Fausta was the second wife of Constantine I. She grew jealous of his son Crispus (Caesar from 317-26) who was from Constantine's earlier marriage to Minervina. Fausta framed Crispus, who was executed. When Constantine learnt the truth, he had Fausta put to death; she was thrown into a bath of boiling water.

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: AD 324
Date to: AD 326

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.73 g
Diameter: 18 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 2nd March 2008

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2008-1-109

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Solidus (fraction)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Fausta
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 16 [317-330]
Obverse description: Bust right
Obverse inscription: (FLAV MAX FAVSTA AVG)

Reverse description: Salus standing, holding two children in her arms
Reverse inscription: [SALVS or SPES REI PVBLICAE]

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine

Coin references

  • RIC : VII p. 205, c.f. nos 459-60 for types

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detecting rally
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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