WMID-17D0D7: Roman coin: Sestertius, probably of Nero

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Unique ID: WMID-17D0D7

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete struck / hammered copper alloy sestertius of Claudius (AD 41-54), dating to c. AD 41-50 (Reece Period 2), SPES AVGVSTA, Spes advancing left. Mint of Rome. RIC I, p. 128, no. 99. There is a rectangular countermark in front of the head which originally read PROB. Although these coins are listed as being from the mint of Rome in RIC, Robert Kenyon has noted that the coins are of a different style to any of the known styles of coins from Rome. Furthermore, the PROB countermark is only common in Britain and Italy. He suggests that these coins were struck in Britain. R. F. kenyon, 'The Countermark PROB on Coins of Claudius I from Britain', Numismatic Chronicle 148 (1988), pp. 53-61.

Diameter: 33.23 mm
Thickness: 3.75 mm
Weight: 15.6 g

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: For inclusion in British Numismatic Journal ‘Coin Register’

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 41
Date to: Circa AD 50

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3.75 mm
Weight: 15.6 g
Diameter: 33.23 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 5th June 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Secondary identifier: Dr Sam Moorhead

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Sestertius
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Claudius
Primary ruler qualifier: Probably
Reece period: Period 2 [41-54]
Mint or issue place: Rome
Mint qualifier: Probably
Obverse description: Laureate head facing right; [PROB] countermark in rectangular panel to right
Obverse inscription: [ ]IVS CAESAR AVG P M [ ]

Reverse description: Spes advancing left
Reverse inscription: [SPES AVGVSTA, S C]

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

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: South Staffordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Lapley, Stretton and Wheaton Aston (Civil Parish)

References cited

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