ESS-53DD70: ESS-53DD70 Roman coin: Denarius of Faustina I

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Unique ID: ESS-53DD70

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Roman debased silver coin: Denarius of Faustina I, dating 131-161AD, Reece period 7. Reverse type unclear. Minted in Rome. Die axis 6 o'clock.


These coins were recovered during the 1970's. Essex County Council conducted an archaeological excavation of the area throughout the 1970's, however it is unknown the finder was working with the excavators or if these coins were retrieved by another means. The area was developed as a housing estate. The coins were passed to the Wickford (?Archaeological) Society, and subsequently passed to the Billericay Archaeological and Historical Society. The notes that accompanied the coins (dated 4/10/1978) states that "There is no doubt that this is not the complete collection. The silver denarius of Hadrian and the Cunobelin coins are not included for example". The coins are numbered 1-245, however only numbers 112-245 are present in this collection. It is unclear whether the missing coins have been misplaced, or sold at an earlier date.


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: AD 138
Date to: AD 161

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.68 g
Diameter: 17.05 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st January 1970 - Sunday 1st January 1978

Personal details

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Recorded by: Laura McLean
Identified by: Laura McLean

Other reference numbers

Other reference: coin number 226

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Denarius (Empire)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Faustina the Elder
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 7 [138-161]
Mint or issue place: Rome
Obverse description: Radiate bust, right
Obverse inscription: DIVA...

Reverse description: Standing figure
Reverse inscription: AVG...

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Basildon (District)
To be known as: Wickford CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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