NMS-ABBA51: Roman coin : chopped as of Maximinus

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Unique ID: NMS-ABBA51

Object type certainty: Certain
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Chopped portion of a copper alloy as or dupondius of Maximinus, obverse [...]INVS PIVS AVG, bust right, reverse V[...], Victory, weight 4.26g, AD235-8.

The coin has clearly been deeply bitten by a blow from a chisel and then snapped. Whilst this might have been done in order to furnish a fractional coin, it is far more likely that it represents evidence for melting down cut aes (large bronze denominations) in order to produce the so-called barbarous radiates of the 270s and early 280s. A number of sites have produced similar evidence. Those from Norfolk have been published - see Adrian Marsden (2012), 'Irregular Radiate Production in 3rd-Century Norfolk: An Overview' in Norfolk Archaeology XLVI, pp. 370-82

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Exactly AD 235
Date to: Exactly AD 238

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 11th February 2015 - Wednesday 11th March 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Adrian Marsden
Identified by: Dr Adrian Marsden

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 60390
Other reference: AMD032015

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Dupondius or as
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Maximinus
Reece period: Period 11 [222-238]
Mint or issue place: Rome
Die axis measurement: 1 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine
Status: Regular

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: South Norfolk (District)
Parish or ward: Rockland St. Mary (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TG3204
Four figure Latitude: 52.58426982
Four figure longitude: 1.42319051
1:25K map: TG3204
1:10K map: TG30SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

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