LVPL-716282: Roman as of Nerva

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Unique ID: LVPL-716282

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper alloy as of Nerva, (96-98AD).

Obverse: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III [P P]; laureate head right.

Reverse: NEPTVNO CIRCENS C[ONSTI]TVT S C; Neptune standing right, holding acrostolium in right hand and trident in left hand; to left small figure half-emerging from ground.

BMC 3 (1966) (Nerva, no. 132 and p. 553).


This coin type was at one time regarded as a fake, and is categorised as such in RIC 2. It is, however, included in the revision of BMC 3 (1966) as genuine (Nerva, no. 132 and p. 553).

In 1984, Georges de Loye wrote about this type (Revue Numismatique 1984, pp. 95-103). He noted that 1 specimen was from France, another from Germany, but five from Britain (one in Oxford, one in Cambridge and three in the British Museum). Therefore, he surmised that this was an issue intended for use in Britain, (peers. comm. D. Shotter).

A discussion of this coin can be found in Shotter, D, The Numismatic Chronicle 173 'A Rare Find: a Neptune As of the Roman Emperor, Nerva', (London, The Royal Numismatic Society, 2013).

Coin of British Association: Nerva

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Potential for inclusion in Britannia

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 96
Date to: Circa AD 98

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.94 mm
Weight: 9.2 g
Diameter: 27.11 mm

Discovery dates

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

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: As
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Nerva
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 5 [96-117]
Obverse description: Laureate head right.
Obverse inscription: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III [P P]

Reverse description: Neptune standing right, holding acrostolium in right hand and trident in left hand; to left, small figure helf-emerging from ground.
Reverse inscription: NEPTVNO CIRCENS C[ONSTI]TVT S C

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Chester

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
de Loye, G. 1984 Les as de Nerva au type 'Neptuno' France Revue Numismatique

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Updated: 4 years ago

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