SUSS-29F1B6: Roman coin: Sestertius of Antoninus Pius

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Unique ID: SUSS-29F1B6

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Roman copper alloy sestertius of Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD), reverse probably Libertas, minted in Rome, 138-61 AD, possibly RIC III p.99 cf 538


Part of a group of 29 coins found many years ago. Sam Moorhead (PAS advisor on Roman and Iron Age Coins) has studied and identified the coins. He comments: "Many of the coins have a distinctive water-worn patina consistent with their Thames findspot. The early peak in Period 7 (138-161: 6 coins) is consistent with many other PAS groups. Moreover, the votive deposits at Bath also showed this peak in Period 7. The latest coin pre-date 364. Coins of the House of Valentinian are scarcer in the south-east than in the south-west and further up the east coast, so this might be significant. Seen against other finds from the Thames, these coins might make an important contribution."


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 25.74 g
Diameter: 32 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st January 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett
Secondary identifier: Dr Sam Moorhead

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Sestertius
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Antoninus Pius
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 7 [138-161]
Mint or issue place: Rome
Mint qualifier: Certain
Obverse description: Laureate head facing right
Obverse inscription: [...]VG PI[...]

Reverse description: Probably Libertas standing left, holding (pileus) and [rod]
Reverse inscription: [...], S/C

Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine

Coin references

  • RIC : III p.99 cf 538

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Hammersmith and Fulham (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Hammersmith Broadway (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ2278
Four figure Latitude: 51.487798
Four figure longitude: -0.244249
1:25K map: TQ2278
1:10K map: TQ27NW
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: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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