SF-17EB49: SF-17EB49: Roman coin: nummus, probably of Theodosius II

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Unique ID: SF-17EB49

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete copper alloy Roman nummus, probably of Theodosius II, dating to the period AD 425-435 (Reece Period 22). The reverse type depicts a cross in a wreath. RIC X, p. 275, cf. 440ff. This is only the second coin of its type recorded from Britain - see SUR-13EB9C. These coins are very common in the Eastern Mediterranean, where they were struck, but are very rare in the North-Western Roman Empire.

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: British Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Donated to a museum


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Exactly AD 425
Date to: Exactly AD 435

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.27 mm
Weight: 0.93 g
Diameter: 12.06 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st August 2016

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Anna Booth
Identified by: Ms Anna Booth
Secondary identifier: Dr Sam Moorhead

Other reference numbers

Museum accession number: 2017,4090.3

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Theodosius II
Primary ruler qualifier: Probably
Reece period: Period 22 [402-445]
Obverse description: Bust facing right
Obverse inscription: [...]

Reverse description: A cross in a wreath
Reverse inscription: No legend

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Mid Suffolk (District)
To be known as: Fressingfield

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: British Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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