BM-68AB93: Roman coin: probable limesfalsum of an as of Severus Alexander

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Unique ID: BM-68AB93

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A copper-alloy as of Severus Alexander (AD 222-235), probably a cast contemporary copy (Limesfalsum) dating to the period c.AD 229 (Reece period 11). [LIBE]RALITAS AVGVSTI IIII S C reverse type depicting Liberalitas standing left holding abacus and cornucopiae. Prototype struck at the mint of Rome, cf. RIC IV.2, p. 116, no. 579; for a similar Limesfalsum of sestertius size from Carnuntum see M. Pfisterer 'Limesfalsa und Eisenmunzen - Romisches Ersatzkleingeld am Donaulimes' in Alram and Schmidt-Dick, eds., Numismata Carnuntina: Forschungen und Material, 2007: p. 840, no. 346, pl. 103. Limesfalsa such as this example could have been used up to c.AD 250.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 229
Date to: Circa AD 229

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st May 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Brown
Identified by: Dr Andrew Brown

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: As
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Severus Alexander
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 11 [222-238]
Mint or issue place: Rome
Obverse description: Laureate head right
Obverse inscription: IMP SEV ALE-XANDER AVG

Reverse description: Liberalitas standing left holding abacus and cornucopiae.
Reverse inscription: [LIBE]RALITAS AVGVSTI IIII S C

Die axis measurement: 10 o'clock
Reverse mint mark: -//-
Status: Contemporary Copy (Limesfalsum)
Status qualifier: Probably

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: St. Albans (District)
Parish or ward: St. Stephen (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL1303
Four figure Latitude: 51.71435808
Four figure longitude: -0.36576899
1:25K map: TL1303
1:10K map: TL10SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Woodland
Specific landuse: Deciduous native

References cited

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