SWYOR-9EE465: Roman coin: Radiate of Gallienus, perforated for reuse as a pendant

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Unique ID: SWYOR-9EE465

Object type certainty: Certain
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A pierced copper-alloy Roman coin; a radiate of Gallienus (AD 253-268), sole reign, dating from the period AD 260-268 (Reece Period 13). FORTVNA REDVX reverse type depicting Fortuna standing left holding rudder and cornucopiae. Mint of Rome, mintmark is a sigma in the right field. As Cunetio no. 1216. The coin is 20.7mm diameter, 1.6mm thick and 2.64g. The coin has been perforated at 7o'clock on the obverse by a circular hole of 2.6mm diameter. This may have been done in the Early Medieval period to reuse the coin as a pendant. The level of wear on the reverse and the good preservation on the obverse suggest that the obverse was worn facing out.

Evidence of reuse: perforated for suspension as a pendant

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 260
Date to: Circa AD 268
Period of reuse: EARLY MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.6 mm
Weight: 2.64 g
Diameter: 20.7 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st March 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 3108

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Radiate (antoninianus)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Gallienus (sole reign)
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 13 [260-275]
Mint or issue place: Rome
Mint qualifier: Certain
Obverse description: Cuirassed and radiate bust right
Obverse inscription: GALLIENVS AVG

Reverse description: Fortuna standing left holding rudder and cornucopiae
Reverse inscription: FORTVNA (REDVX)

Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine
RIC Identifier:
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