SUR-914382: Roman coin: A modern forgery of a 'sestertius' of Otho

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Unique ID: SUR-914382

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A 'sestertius of Otho' (AD 69). This is a Renaissance or modern forgery as Otho minted no sestertii. The obverse type is recorded, but the reverse type is not included in Z. H. Klawans, Imitations and Inventions of Roman Coins (see page 54, nos. 3-4). Many of these pieces were made in Italy for collectors in the Renaissance and early modern periods and they are often called 'Paduans'.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 23.6 g
Diameter: 32.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 20th February 2011

Rally details.

This object was found at Rotary/LP rally at East Stratton, Hants (20/02/2011)

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mrs Margaret Broomfield
Identified by: Mrs Margaret Broomfield
Secondary identifier: Dr Sam Moorhead

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 11.340

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Sestertius
Ruler/issuer: Otho
Mint or issue place: Rome
Obverse description: Bare head right
Obverse inscription: IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG TRI POT
Reverse description: Emperor addressing three soldiers from tribunal
Reverse inscription: COH, S C
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Winchester (District)
Parish or ward: Micheldever (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU5440
Four figure Latitude: 51.156714
Four figure longitude: -1.229229
1:25K map: SU5440
1:10K map: SU54SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUR
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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