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SWYOR-4421FF: Roman coin; denarius of Vespasian

Rights Holder: West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service
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Unique ID: SWYOR-4421FF

Object type certainty: Certain
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A silver Roman coin; a denarius of Vespasian (AD 69 - 79) dating from AD 72 - 74. Probably VESTA reverse type depicting Vesta holding a simpulum and sceptre. Mint of Rome. See Sear Volume 1, number 2316 on page 438. The coin is 17.3mm diameter, 2.3mm thick and 2.58g.


This coin was found only 12-14 metres from SWYOR-44CA5E.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 72
Date to: Circa AD 74

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.3 mm
Weight: 2.58 g
Diameter: 17.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 31st January 2016 - Sunday 31st January 2016

Personal details

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 2819

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Denarius (Empire)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Vespasian
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 4 [69-96]
Mint or issue place: Rome
Mint qualifier: Certain
Obverse description: Laureate head right
Obverse inscription: [IMP CAES] VESP AVG (PM COS ) IIII

Reverse description: Vesta standing left holding simpulum and sceptre
Reverse inscription: [V](ES)-[TA] across field

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair
RIC Identifier: RIC II, Part 1 (second edition) Vespasian 50
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

  • Sear : I number 2316 on page 438

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Harrogate (District)
Parish or ward: Nidd (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE2959
Four figure Latitude: 54.02618591
Four figure longitude: -1.5588112
1:25K map: SE2959
1:10K map: SE25NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: WRDG outing
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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