PAS-879F02: Coin of Domitian II (Domitian of Gaul)

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Unique ID: PAS-879F02

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Description of Find:
The coins range in date from AD 251-279. With the exception of the very rare coin of Domitian II (the second recorded example), the group is broadly similar in composition to the many Romano-British coin hoards (at least 200 so far recorded) buried in the aftermath of the breakaway Gallic Empire. The Gallic empire, whose capital was at the city of Trier but which had held dominion over Britain, was established in AD 260 and reconquered by the legitimate ('central') emperor Aurelian in AD 274.

Summary by reign:

Central Empire
Trebonianus Gallus (AD 251-3) 1
Volusian 1

Valerian and Gallienus (AD 253-60)
Valerian I 20
Gallienus 13
Salonina 7
Valerian II 4

Gallienus and Salonina (AD 260-8)
Gallienus 660
Salonina 61

Claudius II (AD 268-70) 503
Divus Claudius II 52

Quintillus (AD 270) 49

Aurelian (AD 270-5) 14

Tacitus (AD 275-6) 3

Probus (AD 276-82) 4

Gallic Empire
Postumus (AD 260-9) 170

Laelian (AD 269) 4

Marius (AD 269) 11

Victorinus (AD 269-71) 1124
Divus Victorinus 1

Domitian II (AD c.271) 1

Tetricus I (AD 271-4) 1351
Tetricus II 539

uncertain Victorinus or Tetricus I 1

irregular (ancient forgeries) 363

Total 4957


The coins are all of the denomination known as radiates, originally a silver multiple of the denarius, but by this time had become debased to the point of being essentially bronze (c.1% silver).

Pottery associated with the Chalgrove II Hoard (by J. D. Hill, dept. of Prehistory & Europe, British Museum): The vessel is a locally produced Roman period wheel made grey ware jar. (Grey ware is a term describing very common coarse ware fabric with grey surfaces and a grey colour fabric or matrix.) The vessel has a simple flat base 8.5 cm in diameter; a maximum girth of 20.5 cm; survives to a height of 18.5 cm, where the neck originally began. Approximately 75% of the vessel remains complete.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: National importance

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Ashmolean Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2003T83


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 251
Date to: Circa AD 279

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 4957

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 7th April 2003

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Ian Richardson
Identified by: Mr Richard Abdy

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2003T83

Materials and construction

Primary material: Base Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: South Oxfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Chalgrove (Civil Parish)

References cited

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