SWYOR-C98876: Roman coin; nummus possibly of Helena, PAX PVBLICA

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Unique ID: SWYOR-C98876

Object type certainty: Certain
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A damaged and corroded copper alloy Roman coin: possibly a nummus of Helena, mother of Constantine,dating from AD 337 - 340 (Reece Period 17), PAX PVBLICA reverse type depicting Pax standing left holding a transverse sceptre and branch. Mint unknown. The legends are illegible, and the details of the coin are very difficult to make out. The remaining portion of the coin is 13.5mm long, 11.4mm wide and 1.2mm thick. It weighs 1gm.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 337
Date to: Circa AD 340

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 13.5 mm
Width: 11.4 mm
Thickness: 1.2 mm
Weight: 1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st January 2013 - Tuesday 31st December 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 2196

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Helena
Primary ruler qualifier: Possibly
Reece period: Period 17 [330-348]
Obverse description: Female bust right
Obverse inscription: illegible

Reverse description: (standing figure holding transverse sceptre and branch)
Reverse inscription: illegible

Die axis measurement: 9 o'clock
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor
Fourth Century reverse type: PAX PVBLICA [Helena]
Reverse mint mark: illegible
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: City of Portsmouth (Unitary Authority)
District: City of Portsmouth (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: St. Thomas (Unitary Authority Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SZ6399
Four figure Latitude: 50.78715702
Four figure longitude: -1.10764374
1:25K map: SZ6399
1:10K map: SZ69SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Coastland
Specific landuse: Inter-tidal

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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