YORYM-AED2AF: Roman : Medallion of Severus Alexander

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MEDALLION

Unique ID: YORYM-AED2AF

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A copper-alloy Roman medallion of Severus Alexander (AD 222-235), dating to the period c.AD 231 (Reece Period 11). FIDES MILI-TVM reverse type depicting Jupiter naked standing front, head left, holding thunderbolt in right hand and long sceptre in left. Severus Alexander helmeted, in military dress, stands facing him, sacrificing out of a patera over a tripod and holding a spear in left hand and is crowned by Virtus helmeted, in military dress, standing behind him; at foot left a shield; to right behind Jupiter, a standard. Mint of Rome.

Ref: BMC VI, p. 186, no. 727; BMCRM p.39, no. 7; Gnecchi III, pl. 152, no.15 (all the same medal).

Two medallions of this type and of the same module are held in the British Museum: 1872,0709.408 (https://tinyurl.com/yah2fgal) and R.13012 (https://tinyurl.com/y83uxuso). The current example appears to be from the same dies, albeit perhaps slightly more worn.

Just seven Roman medallions are currently recorded on the PAS, this example is the first of Severus Alexander and of the first half of the 3rd century all together.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: York Museums Trust : Yorkshire Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by a museum - not a Treasure case

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 231
Date to: Circa AD 231

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3.7 mm
Weight: 9.86 g
Diameter: 28.5 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E05954
Museum accession number: YORYM : 2019.302

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

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

Reverse description: Jupiter naked standing front, head left, holding thunderbolt in right hand and long sceptre in left. Severus Alexander helmeted, in military dress, stands facing him, sacrificing out of a patera over a tripod and holding a spear in left hand and is crowned by Virtus helmeted, in military dress, standing behind him; at foot left a shield; to right behind Jupiter, a standard
Reverse inscription: FIDES MILI-TVM

Die axis measurement: 1 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: York (Unitary Authority)
District: York (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Dunnington (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE6552
Four figure Latitude: 53.96001115
Four figure longitude: -1.01083513
1:25K map: SE6552
1:10K map: SE65SE
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: York Museums Trust : Yorkshire Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Created: 3 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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