YORYM-8348B4: Roman coin : Contemporary copy of Arcadius or Honorius

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Unique ID: YORYM-8348B4

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Base silver contemporary copy of Arcadius/Honorius, blundered VIRTVS ROMANORVM, 'Milan' prototype, AD 395-402. For prototype, c.f. RIC X, nos. 1227-8


A large number of contemporary copies were struck copying silver siliquae of the period 355 to 402. Many are of good quality silver and it has been suggested that they were struck from the melted down clippings of official siliquae. (Clipped siliquae are very common in British hoards and are increasingly common as site-finds.) In addition, there were lower quality silver copies and even cliché copies, made by fusing two forged halves of a coin together.


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 395
Date to: Circa AD 402

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Diameter: 14.2 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st October 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson
Identified by: Mrs Liz Andrews-Wilson
Secondary identifier: Dr Sam Moorhead

Materials and construction

Primary material: Base Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Siliqua
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: House of Theodosius
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 21 [388-402]
Mint or issue place: Mediolanum
Mint qualifier: Certain
Obverse description: Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirass bust right
Obverse inscription: [...-]VS P F AVG

Reverse description: Roma seated left holding Victory and spear
Reverse inscription: Blundered VIRTVS ROMANORVM

Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine
Reverse mint mark: -//MDI...
Status: Contemporary copy (Core of plated copy)
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

  • RIC : X c.f. 1227/8 for prototype

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
To be known as: Breckland District

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 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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Audit data

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

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