Romano-British Coins

Coins will be posted on this page over the next few weeks. They will include coins that reference BRITANNIA, coins from hoards found in Britain and others relating to Roman Britain.

 

HADRIAN   AD  117-138

AE Dupondius or As, Rome mint AD 119

Obverse : IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG 

Reverse : PONT MAX TR POT COS III, BRITANNIA in exergue,  S C in fields;  Britannia seated left facing, resting her head on right arm, left hand holding spear with shield resting against, right foot on pile of stones.

RIC 577b; BMCRE 1175; RCV II 3676.

£225

This is the first representation of BRITANNIA on Roman coinage. It commemorates victories over the northern Brigantes following their revolt in the last years of Trajan.

 

ANTONINVS PIVS   AD 138-161

AE As issued AD 154-155 

Obverse : ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVIII

Reverse : BRITANNIA  COS IIII S C  Britannia seated left on rock, resting her head on right hand, left hand on rock, to left round shield and standard.

RIC 934; Askew 28; RCV II 4296.

£145

Although formally assigned to Rome, it is thought that this type could have been struck by a temporary or travelling mint in Britain. Although it is the commonest of the Britannia issues of Antoninus Pius, they are often poorly struck and on small flans. It is very rare to find one in better than ‘fine’ condition. The Conventina’s Well votive deposit alone produced 327 coins of this type and it was possibly produced by a mint travelling with the legions following unrest in the North at the time of the abandonment of the Antonine Wall.

 

COMMODUS   AD  177-192

AE Sestertius, Rome mint AD 184-5

Obverse : M COMMODVS ANTON AVG PIVS BRIT 

Reverse : P M TR P VIIII (or X) IMP VII COS IIII P P, VICT BRIT in exergue,  S C in fields;  Victory seated right about to inscribe shield which she supports on her knee.

RIC 440/452; BMCRE 550-1/560; RCV II 3676.

£85

The Picts overran the Antonine wall and invaded the lowlands soon after Commodus became emperor. This coin is one of a small series struck to commemorate the victory over the Scottish invaders.