GAT-1BE580: Roman Silver Coin (obverse)

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Unique ID: GAT-1BE580

Object type certainty: Certain
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Two fragments of a very badly worn Roman silver coin. The obverse shows what appears to be a clean shaven male head facing left. Only the face and the front of the neck have survived, most of the head is missing. There are no other decipherable elements to the obverse and no inscription appears to have survived.

The reverse shows what appears to be the pointed prow of a ship or galley with suggestions of oars projecting down on the near side and a 'composite' ram on the front clearly visible. Part of what may be the sail is visible as a series of small raised squares rising above the hull. It is possible that a figure is standing between the sail and the prow. No other features are visible and no inscription has survived.

Discussion: (I am grateful to Edward Besly, National Museum of Wales for the following interpretation of the coin)

The coin is a Republican denarius of Q. Nasidius. The obverse of this coin type shows Pompey's head facing to the left towards an upright trident. The reverse shows a 'sea battle' involving four ships, however the surviving fragment of the current example shows only one. The coin is heavily worn, and no doubt a mid to late first century AD loss, or thereabouts. Republican denarii carried on circulating until the beginning of the 2nd century, when Trajan called them in.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 18.84 mm
Width: 11.59 mm
Thickness: 2.06 mm
Weight: 1.6 g

Personal details

Recorded by: Mr Roland Flook
Identified by: Mr Edward Besly

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: PRN32877
Other reference: PAS2015-04-002

Materials and construction

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

Numismatic data

No numismatic data has been recorded for this coin yet.

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Anglesey (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Anglesey (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Llannerch-y-Medd (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SH4182
Four figure Latitude: 53.31099937
Four figure longitude: -4.38800278
1:25K map: SH4182
1:10K map: SH48SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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