SOM-CE12D5: Roman Coin: Contemporary Copy of an As of Julia Mamaea

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Unique ID: SOM-CE12D5

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper alloy contemporary cast copy (Limesfalsum / Limesfalschung) of an as of Julia Mamaea (222-35), type uncertain, c. 222-50.


This coin is one of a series of copies that are known as limesfalsa (literally meaning false coin from the frontier). They are most common on the Rhine and Danube frontiers, an exceptionally large number being recorded at Carnuntum. Most of them were probably made in the 3rd century to help alleviate a shortage of small change. A small number of other limesfalsa have been recorded on the PAS database, for example LANCUM-748A72. The largest published assemblage from Britain is from Caerleon (George C. Boon in Numismatic Chronicle 1965).

Find of note status

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


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 222
Date to: Circa AD 250

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 5.03 g
Diameter: 23.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 31st December 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Naomi Payne
Identified by: Dr Sam Moorhead

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: As
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Julia Mamaea
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 11 [222-238]
Obverse description: Bust right
Obverse inscription: Illegible

Reverse description: Standing figure left
Reverse inscription: Illegible

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair
Status: Contemporary Copy (Limesfalsum)
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Shalbourne CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
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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Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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