WMID-991F07: Roman Coin: complete nummus of Diocletian

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Unique ID: WMID-991F07

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A copper alloy Roman fraction of a nummus of Diocletian (AD 284 - AD 305), dating to AD 303 (Reece Period 15). VOT/XX/AVGG in wreath reverse type. Mint: Trier, Germany. RIC VI, p. 201, no. 610a; P. Strauss, Les monnaies divisionnaires de Trèves, in Revue Numismatique 1954, p. 51, no. 11 (same pair of dies).

Diameter: 14.3 mm
Thickness: 1.6 mm
Weight: 1.1 g


That coin celebrates Diocletian's vicennalia (i.e. the 20th anniversary of his reign) in September 303. This kind of fractions is extremely rare. Two examples are recorded by Pierre Strauss for Diocletian. One is in now in the Cabinet des Médailles in Paris, the other one was sold at autions in 1954 (sale Münzen und Medallien XIII, 1954, no. 467). Another example was recently sold in CNG Electronic Auction 295, 2013, no. 503.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: For inclusion in British Numismatic Journal ‘Coin Register’

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 303
Date to: Circa AD 303

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.6 mm
Weight: 1.1 g
Diameter: 14.3 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Gail Hitchens
Identified by: Miss Gail Hitchens
Secondary identifier: Dr Vincent Drost

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Diocletian
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 15 [296-317]
Mint or issue place: Trier
Obverse description: Laureate head right
Obverse inscription: DIOCLETI-[ANVS P AVG]

Reverse description: Wreath enclosing Vota inscription
Reverse inscription: VOT/XX/AVG(G)

Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine
Fourth Century reverse type: VOT/XX/AVGG in wreath
Reverse mint mark: None
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

  • RIC : VI p. 201, no. 610a

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Warwick (District)
To be known as: Leamington Spa

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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