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Roman siliqua

This Roman silver coin was unearthed by Anthony Hopkinson on the 18th of July. Anthony asked if I could provide details about the emperor, date and any other useful information

The coin is a badly clipped silver siliqua. On the obverse is the laureate head of an emperor facing right and on the reverse the seated figure of Roma holds in one hand a spear and in the other hand the tiny figure of Victory standing on a globe.

We tend to mostly associate clipping with English hammered silver coins from the 13th century onwards. However, during the second half of the 4th century the clipping of Roman silver coins became very prevalent. Some are just like Anthony’s find, with the legends completely missing.

During the second half of the 4th and into the start of the 5th century several portraits of different emperors were very similar and the seated figure of Roma appeared on lots of silver coins. Leading on from this, it is impossible for me to identify the emperor for whom this coin was struck.  On the plus side, this coin is definitely a clipped siliqua and it is likely to date from the 4th century AD.

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