LVPL-B3F851: romansilverdenariusmarcusaurelius

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Unique ID: LVPL-B3F851

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Silver denarius of Marcus Aurelius as Caesar under Antoninus Pius (AD 139-161), part of 2012 T406.

Obverse plain bust right with legend: AURELIUS CAESAR AVG PII F.

Reverse Providentia standing left pointing at globe at feet holding sceptre: TR POT III COS II.

Sear vol 2 no. 4789. RIC 446.


One of 101 Roman silver coins of the denomination known as a denarius (plural denarii ) and 2 copper alloy coins of the denomination known as a sestertius (plural sestertii) from Treasure case 2012 T406. One other copper alloy coin was found associated with the hoard. It is completely corroded but has the appearance of a third to fourth century Roman 'radiate' or nummus and is probably a stray find. Three of the denarii had the appearance of ancient plated copies but their metal content has not been tested. The earliest coin in the group is a legionary denarius of Mark Antony (issued c. 32BC-31BC) and the latest a denarius of Commodus dated to AD 190-191. The chronological spread is thus consistent with a hoard of late second century date. Roman Republican coins of Mark Antony are known to have circulated for a long period in Britain, and certainly during the second century AD. The composition of the group is typical for a hoard deposited in the late second century AD. Whilst hoards containing both denarii and sestertii are less common than those containing coins of one metal, there are others recorded from this period and there is no doubt that the two sestertii belong to the hoard. The date of the coins is also consistent with the date of the other associated objects. Recommendation: On the balance of probabilities, we conclude that this hoard of constitutes a prima facie case of treasure under the terms of the Treasure Act (1996), by being part of a group of precious metal coins and objects of the same find.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2012T406


Broad period: ROMAN
Date from: Exactly AD 139
Date to: Exactly AD 161

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.48 mm
Weight: 2.9 g
Diameter: 17.87 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st February 2013

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Sam Rowe
Identified by: Miss Sam Rowe

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2012T406

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Denarius (Empire)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Marcus Aurelius (as Caesar)
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 7 [138-161]
Mint or issue place: Rome
Mint qualifier: Certain
Obverse description: plain bust right
Obverse inscription: AURELIUS CAESAR AVG PII F

Reverse description: Providentia standing left pointing at globe at feet holding sceptre
Reverse inscription: TR POT III COS II

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

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (From FLO)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: found whilst metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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