BH-FCFC92: Roman coin: solidus of Honorius

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Unique ID: BH-FCFC92

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A gold solidus of Honorius (AD 393-423) dating to the period AD 408 to 420. CONCORDIA AVGG theta reverse, minted at Constantinople. RIC X, p. 253, no. 201.

This coin has been deliberately defaced on the reverse. There is an N shaped scratch in the right hand field.


This coin is an important find as it is not in any major museum collection.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: For inclusion in British Numismatic Journal ‘Coin Register’

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 408
Date to: Circa AD 420

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.2 mm
Weight: 4.35 g
Diameter: 21 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st November 2011

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters
Identified by: Dr Philippa Walton

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 11/189 - 56

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Solidus
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Honorius (emperor)
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 21 [388-402]
Mint or issue place: Constantinople
Mint qualifier: Certain
Obverse description: Diademed, helmeted and cuirassed three-quarter facing bust, holding spear over right shoulder; on left arm, shield decorated with horseman spearing enemy.
Obverse inscription: D N HONORI-VS P F AVG

Reverse description: Constantinopolis seated facing on prow of boat, head right, holding inverted sword in left hand, Victory on globe in right hand. Deliberately scratched 'N-shaped' mark below Victory.
Reverse inscription: CONCORDI-A AVGGΘ

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine
Fourth Century reverse type: CONCORDIA AVGG
Reverse mint mark: * - //CONOB
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Bedford (Unitary Authority)
District: Bedford (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: North of Bedford

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 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: BH
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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