SF-8A2A34: Solidus of Constantius II

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Unique ID: SF-8A2A34

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A gold Roman solidus of Constantius II, c.350-355 AD. Reverse: GLORIA-REI-PVBLICA, Roma and Constantinopolis enthroned. Roma facing holding spear in left hand, Constantinopolis left with sceptre in left hand and right foot resting on prow. Between them a wreath inscribed VOT/XXX/MVLT/XXXX. As RIC 8 no. 147, however the reverse type and particularly the lettering of the legend, which should read GLORIA REI PVBLICAE, suggest that this is an ancient copy rather than an official issue (R. Bland & P. Walton pers. comm.).

At the start of the reign of Valentinian I (AD 364-75), the gold coinage was reformed and the purity of the coins strictly monitored. This was because forged coins of light weight or poor gold were being produced, sometimes by officials working for the government. This coin is an ancient copy. It is of good weight, but it would be interesting to know its gold content - there is a strong chance that it will be below official standards. This is the type of coin that the reforms of Valentinian were trying to drive out of circulation (Sam Moorhead).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 350
Date to: Circa AD 355

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 4.5 g
Diameter: 22.07 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st March 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Dr Andrew Brown
Identified by: Dr Andrew Brown

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Solidus
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Constantius II
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 18 [348-364]
Mint or issue place: Thessalonica
Mint qualifier: Certain
Obverse description: Diademed and cuirassed bust facing wearing crested and diademed helmet, spear diagonally over right shoulder, on left arm shield decorated with horseman riding down enemy
Obverse inscription: FL IVL CONSTAN-TIVS PERP AVG

Reverse description: Roma and Constantinopolis enthroned. Roma facing holding spear in left hand, Constantinopolis left with sceptre in left hand and right foot resting on prow. Between them a wreath inscribed VOT/XXX/MVLT/XXXX
Reverse inscription: GLORIA-REI-PVBLICA

Die axis measurement: 7 o'clock
Reverse mint mark: -//*TES*
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: Hessett

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
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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Recording Institution: SF
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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