NMS-3C570A: Roman coin: Siliqua of Gratian

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Unique ID: NMS-3C570A

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Pierced silver siliqua of Gratian, reverse VIRTVS ROMANORVM type, mintmark and further details illegible, slightly clipped and with relatively wide (2-3mm) piercing near edge (which has worn through) between 2 and 3 o'clock (obverse), weight 1.22g, AD378-83

The worn piercing shows that this coin has been reused as a pendant and thus qualifies at an item of Treasure. It is quite worn but not excessively so. The reuse as a pendant probably belongs to the 5th century although a late Roman reuse cannot be ruled out.

Evidence of reuse: Pierced

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2015T315


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Exactly AD 378
Date to: Exactly AD 383
Period of reuse: EARLY MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.22 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 22nd March 2015 - Sunday 22nd March 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Erica Darch
Identified by: Dr Adrian Marsden

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 40307
Other reference: ENMD042015
Treasure case number: 2015T315

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Incomplete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Siliqua
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Gratian
Reece period: Period 20 [378-388]
Obverse description: Diademed bust right
Obverse inscription: D[...]RATIA_NV[...]

Reverse inscription: [...]RTVS[...]MA[...]RVM

Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine
Reverse mint mark: [...]
Status: Regular

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Broadland (District)
To be known as: Foulsham

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
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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

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