LON-8553C1: A Roman copper alloy dupondius of Marcus Aurelius as Caesar (AD 138-161) minted in Rome.

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Unique ID: LON-8553C1

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A Roman copper alloy medallion of Marcus Aurelius as Caesar (AD 139-161) (Reece Period 7) minted in Rome. Reverse: Apollo Salutaris standing left, holding serpent staff, between a tree and thymiaterium. Neither obverse nor reverse type are published in Gnecchi, Medaglione Romani (1912). However, the reverse type, struck from the same dies, is known for Antoninus Pius (AD 138-61) - see J. M. C. Toynbee, Roman Medallions (1965), p. 138 & pl. XXIII, no. 5, with a reference to P. L. Strack, Untersuchungen zur römischen Reichsprägung des zweiten Jarhunderts III (1938), Taf. 4, nr. 563. This information is kindly provided by the world authority on Roman medallions, Peter Franz Mittag.

Dimensions: diameter: 30.48 mm; weight: 17.64g.

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: Exactly AD 139
Date to: Exactly AD 161

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 17.64 g
Diameter: 30.48 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st June 2014 - Monday 30th June 2014

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Medallion
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: Draped and cuirassed bust right
Obverse inscription: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG [---]

Reverse description: Apollo Salutaris standing left, holding serpent-staff of Aesculapius, between a thymiaterium (incense-burner) and tree
Reverse inscription: -

Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Tower Hamlets (London Borough)
Parish or ward: St. Katharine's and Wapping (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3380
Four figure Latitude: 51.50329348
Four figure longitude: -0.08515568
1:25K map: TQ3380
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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