BM-42319D: Roman coin: contemporary copy of an argenteus of Constantine I

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Unique ID: BM-42319D

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A copper-alloy Roman contemporary copy of a nummus or base silver/billon argenteus of Constantine I (AD 306-337), dating to the period c.AD 313 (Reece period 15). VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINCIP(IVM), Two Victories standing facing one another holding a shield inscribed VOT/P R. Prototype of the mint of Trier.

Base silver or billon coins of this type fall into a small group of debased argentei issued by Constantine I, Licinius I, and Maximinus Daia. The Constantine I type is not listed in RIC VI (cf. p. 224) for AD 313, although a similar reduced follis is listed in RIC VII (p. 181, no. 208A) for AD 318-319. Bastien ('L'emission de monnaies de billon de Treves au debut de 313', Numismatica e Antichita Classiche XI, 1982, pp. 271-277) discusses this type and suggests that the issue should be placed in AD 313 contemporary with the other issues of Licinius and Daia (RIC VI, p. 224, nos. 825-826). The current example is plausibly a contemporary copy of the AD 313 Constantinian issue, although cf. RIC VII, p.181, no. 208A.

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 313
Date to: Circa AD 313

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 2.71 g
Diameter: 19 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 8th July 2017

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Other reference: RL 17/0414

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Argenteus
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Constantine I
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 15 [296-317]
Mint or issue place: Trier
Obverse description: High crested helmeted and cuirassed bust left, spear across right shoulder
Obverse inscription: IMP CONSTA-NTINVS I

Reverse description: Two Victories standing facing one another holding a shield inscribed VOT/P R

Fourth Century reverse type: VICTORIAE LAETAE PRINC PERP (or variant)
Reverse mint mark: -//PTR
Status: Contemporary copy
Status qualifier: Probably

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: Huntingdonshire (District)
To be known as: Huntingdon Area

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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