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SWYOR-B148A6: Roman coin; contemporary plated copy radiate probably of Macrinus

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Unique ID: SWYOR-B148A6

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A contemporary plated copy of a Roman silver denarius of Severus Alexander, 222-235, SALVS PVBLICA, Mint of Rome, RIC IV, pt 2, p. 84, no. 178.s (217 – 218), showing Salus seated on the reverse. The coin has a diameter of 17.43mm and is 2.14mm thick. It weighs 2.1g. There is some damage to one edge and much of the silver plating has worn away. A very similar coin on the database is ESS-8BD770.


Contemporary copies of coins of the Severan period (AD193-235) are commonly found on sites in Britain. Some are good quality plated coins, others have a poorer quality silver wash and some are made from base silver. These coins are probably more common as site-finds (as opposed to hoard-finds) because they were more likely to be rejected in the market place and by savers. However, given the large quantity of such coins, it is probable that they played a role in the economy, possibly substituting for sestertii, dupondii and asses which were not imported in large numbers to Britain at this time.


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 222
Date to: Circa AD 235

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.14 mm
Weight: 2.1 g
Diameter: 17.43 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 5th February 2008

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Radiate (antoninianus)
Denomination qualifier: Probably
Ruler/issuer: Severus Alexander
Primary ruler qualifier: Probably
Reece period: Period 11 [222-238]
Obverse description: Laureate and bearded bust facing right
Obverse inscription: IMP (C) […]

Reverse description: Salus seated facing left with her elbow resting on the back of the chair (feeding a snake arising from an altar)
Reverse inscription: (SALV)S P[VBLICA]

Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine
Status: Contemporary copy (Plated copy)
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

  • RIC : IV, pt 2 p. 84, c.f. 178

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Selby (District)
Parish or ward: Burton Salmon (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE4829
Four figure Latitude: 53.75516
Four figure longitude: -1.27349
1:25K map: SE4829
1:10K map: SE42NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 9 years ago

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