IOW-923F8F: Roman Coin: Solidus of Magnentius

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COIN

Unique ID: IOW-923F8F

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete Roman gold solidus of Magnentius (AD 350-353) dating to the period AD 350-351 (Reece period 18). VICTORIA AVG LIB ROMANOR reverse type depicting Victory standing right and Libertas standing left, holding transverse sceptre, both holding a shaft carrying a trophy. Mint of Trier. Mintmark: -//TR

Obverse: IM CAE MAGN - ENTIVS AVG; Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed right (slight bust)

Reverse: VICTORIA•AVG•LIB•ROMANOR; Victory standing right and Libertas standing left, holding transverse sceptre, both holding a shaft carrying a trophy. Libertas' hand is above Victory's on the shaft

Diameter: 21.3mm. Weight: 4.64g. DA=12:6.

RIC VIII, p. 155, cf. 247

Notes:

This is the eighth gold coin of Magnentius recorded from Britain (see Bland and Loriot 2010, p. 360).

Bland, R. and Loriot, X. 2010. Roman and Early Byzantine Gold Coins found in Britain and Ireland. Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication No. 46

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Exactly AD 350
Date to: Exactly AD 351

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 4.64 g
Diameter: 21.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 3rd August 2014

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford
Secondary identifier: Dr Sam Moorhead

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2014-5-76

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Solidus
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Magnentius
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 18 [348-364]
Mint or issue place: Trier
Mint qualifier: Certain
Obverse description: Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed right (slight bust)
Obverse inscription: IM CAE MAGN – ENTIVS AVG

Reverse description: Victory standing right and Libertas standing left, holding transverse sceptre, both holding a shaft carrying a trophy. Libertas’ hand is above Victory’s on the shaft
Reverse inscription: VICTORIA•AVG•LIB•ROMANOR

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine
Reverse mint mark: -//TR
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Bland, R. and Loriot, X. 2010 Roman and Early Byzantine Gold Coins found in Britain and Ireland London Royal Numismatic Society 360

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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