KENT-1D1E77: Lead-Alloy copy of a roman nummus

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Unique ID: KENT-1D1E77

Object type certainty: Certain
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A possible lead-alloy or high lead copper-alloy probable contemporary copy of a Roman nummus of Constantine I (AD 306-337), dating to the period AD 317-318 (Reece period 16). SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI revere type depicting Sol standing right, head turned left, raising right hand and holding globe in left. Prototype of the Mint of Trier. Cf. RIC VII, p. 176, no. 165.

The coin has a pale white/cream patination, which suggests a high lead content.

Measurements: 19.23mm in diameter, 1.73mm thick and 2.82g in weight.

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 317
Date to: Circa AD 318

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.73 mm
Weight: 2.82 g
Diameter: 19.23 mm

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Jo Ahmet
Identified by: Mr Jo Ahmet
Secondary identifier: Dr Andrew Brown

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Nummus (AE 1 - AE 4)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Constantine I
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 16 [317-330]
Mint or issue place: Trier
Mint qualifier: Certain
Obverse description: IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG
Obverse inscription: Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right

Reverse description: Sol radiate standing right, looking left, raising right hand, globe in left hand, chlamys spread.
Reverse inscription: SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI

Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine
Fourth Century reverse type: SOLI INVICTO COMITI
Reverse mint mark: F T//[B]TR
Status: Contemporary copy
Status qualifier: Probably

Coin references

  • RIC : VII p. 176, cf. no. 165

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Medway (Unitary Authority)
District: Medway (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Cliffe and Cliffe Woods (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ7377
Four figure Latitude: 51.46552754
Four figure longitude: 0.4891701
1:25K map: TQ7377
1:10K map: TQ77NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

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Recording Institution: KENT
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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