IOW-51C398: Roman Coin: Solidus of Julius Nepos

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Unique ID: IOW-51C398

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete Roman gold solidus of Julius Nepos (AD 474-475). VITVRI A AVGGG reverse type depicting Victory standing left holding long cross. Unofficial mint in Southern Gaul. Mintmark: - // COMOB

Obverse: D N IVLIVS - NEPVS AVG; Facing bust with pearl-diademed helmet, cuirassed and draped, holding spear [in right hand] behind shoulders

Reverse: VITVRI - A AVGGG; Victory standing left holding long cross

RIC X, p. 205 and p. 428, 2877-82note

C. Brenot and M. Dhenin, Bibliotheque Inguimbertine Carpentras: Catalogue des monnaies d'or (Valbonne, 1985), no. 28


Sold at auctions, Roma Numismatics 10, 27/09/2015, no. 919

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Potential for inclusion in Britannia

Subsequent actions

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


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Exactly AD 474
Date to: Exactly AD 475

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 4.34 g
Diameter: 20.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 19th April 2015 - Sunday 19th April 2015

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: IOW2015-7-64

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Solidus
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Julius Nepos
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Obverse description: Facing bust with pearl-diademed helmet, cuirassed and draped, holding spear [in right hand] behind shoulders
Obverse inscription: D N IVLIVS - NEPVS AVG

Reverse description: Victory standing left holding long cross
Reverse inscription: VITVRI - A AVGGG

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

Coin references

  • RIC : X p. 205 and p. 428, 2877-82note

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

No references cited so far.

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: Monday 20th April 2015
Updated: Monday 21st March 2016

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