LIN-BA42D8: Medallion of Marcus Aurelius

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MEDALLION

Unique ID: LIN-BA42D8

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A cast copy of a copper-alloy medallion of Marcus Aurelius as Caesar (AD 138-61), struck at 'Rome' AD 155-6 (Reece Period 7).

Obverse: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII FIL TR P X COS II; Bare-headed and draped right

Reverse: Anepigraphic: Minerva standing left with shield behind, holding out right hand towards Vulcan seated right, holding thunderbolt. Between them, anvil on pedestal.

cf. Gnecchi, I Medaglioni Romani, volume 2, p.35 (pl. 65, no. 3)

This medallion is cast from a specimen in Naples Museum, Italy (no. 15997) - information kindly supplied by prof. Dr. Franz Mittag at the University of Cologne in Germany.

Most cast copies of medallions were made in the early modern period and it is tempting to suggest that this medallion was collected on a Grand Tour in Naples where many people visited to see the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. There still remains the mystery of how this piece ended up in the archaeological record where it did.

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

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Exactly AD 155
Date to: Exactly AD 156

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 42.55 g
Diameter: 41 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st May 2013

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Dr Adam Daubney
Identified by: Dr Adam Daubney
Secondary identifier: Dr Sam Moorhead

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Medallion
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Marcus Aurelius (as Caesar)
Reece period: Period 7 [138-161]
Mint or issue place: Rome
Obverse description: Bare-headed and draped bust right
Obverse inscription: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII FIL TR P X COS II

Reverse description: Minerva standing left with shield behind, holding out right arm towards Vulcan who sits right holding thunderbolt; between them an anvil on pedestal
Reverse inscription: -

Die axis measurement: 11 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine
Status: Modern forgery

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: Huntingdonshire (District)
To be known as: Chesterton

Spatial coordinates


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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Updated: 5 years ago

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