SOM-8C47D5: Roman coin: Irregular (contemporary copy) as copying Claudius I

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Unique ID: SOM-8C47D5

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A Roman copper-alloy contemporary copy of an as of Claudius dating to the period c. AD 43-60 (Reece period 2). Minerva reverse. Copying Rome mint. cf. RIC. I Claudius 100/116; Boon 27ff.

The coin's flan has been bent upwards at one point.


Many copies of Claudian period asses were struck in Britain in the decades following the invasion of AD 43. This was because there was a serious shortage of small change for the up to 50,000 or so Roman soldiers in the province to use. It is now reckoned that many of these coins were in fact semi-official, being struck at legionary bases such as Colchester. The 'Minerva' as was the most common type copied.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 60

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 23.65 mm
Width: 22.1 mm
Thickness: 2.3 mm
Weight: 3.96 g
Diameter: 23.65 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Robert Webley
Identified by: Mr Robert Webley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 22364

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: As
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Claudius
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 2 [41-54]
Mint or issue place: Rome
Mint qualifier: Possibly
Obverse description: Head facing left
Obverse inscription: Illegible

Reverse description: Standing female figure (Minerva) going right, right arm raised, holding shield with left hand
Reverse inscription: Illegible

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair
Status: Contemporary copy
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Sedgemoor (District)
To be known as: Chedzoy

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Updated: 5 years ago

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