WMID-122B80: The obverse of a fabricated and cliched forgery of a Roman republican coin.

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Unique ID: WMID-122B80

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete fabricated and silver plated cliched forgery of a Roman republican coin (diameter: 17.7mm; thickness: 1.3mm; weight: 1.82g). Probably taken from original contemporary Republican coins, the reverse represents a coin minted in Rome in 103 BC by Q. Therm M. F (RRC 319/1), while the obverse represents a coin minted in Spain in 46-45 BC by CN.Magnvs Imp, M. Poblici. Leg. Propr (RRC 469 1a). This contemporary cliched forgery was probably constructed after taking impressions of these coins on silver sheet or foil. The two halves were then put together/ the edges folded over each other and the hollow cavity in the centre was probably filled with a lead alloy that would have had a low melting point. There are two visible holes in the face and edge of the coin showing that the coin is plated with a separate fill, as well as a visible irregular folding line running around the edge.

The coin is slightly worn (but this could have been caused from the original copy being worn when the impressions were made), but in a fair condition.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Exactly 45 BC
Date to: Exactly 15 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 17.7 mm
Weight: 1.82 g
Diameter: 1.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 16th November 2004

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Caroline Johnson
Identified by: Ms Caroline Johnson
Secondary identifier: Dr David Symons

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Secondary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Uncertain
Ruler/issuer: Republic
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 1 [Pre AD 41]
Obverse description: Helmeted head of Roma facing right (Corinthian helmet).
Obverse inscription: [ ]LEG.PRO before and upwards; PR behind and downwards.

Reverse description: Roman soldier fighting barbarian soldier in protection of fallen comrade.
Reverse inscription: [ ]ERM.[ ] in exergue.

Status: Contemporary copy
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Lichfield (District)
Parish or ward: Shenstone (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK0900
Four figure Latitude: 52.59771982
Four figure longitude: -1.86856132
1:25K map: SK0900
1:10K map: SK00SE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WMID
Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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