A silver siliqua of Claudius Constantine II, King of the Britons, minted in Lugdunum. He is commonly known as Constantine III, 407-411, and declared emperor by the troops in the traditional manner took the legions to Gaul to fight for the western Empire. This time the legions didn’t return at all. And Britain was left open to the Irish raiders and the sea-born Saxons. And the Roman administration crumbled.
Constantine III, 407-411,
AR Siliqua, 15.5mm, 1.3g, Lugdunum, 408-411;
obverse: D N CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right /
reverse: VICTORI A AAVGGG, Roma seated left on cuirass holding Victory on globe and inverted spear, SMLD in exergue; RIC X 1531, RSC 4B, small flan.
The East Harptree Hoard was found in 1887 by a labourer searching in the Mendip hills for a new spring for the village .
He uncovered some sort of pewter jar. It contained 1,496 silver coins, five ingots of silver and a ring set with an intaglio. The coins covered the period between the reigns of Constantine the Great and Gratian – from 306 until 383.
The hoard was probably deposited around 375 – as the western Roman world destabilized and the process of Roman withdrawal from Britain had begun.
There were 718 silver coins from Julian II. This is one of them.
Julian II, 360-363;
AR Siliqua, 18mm, 2.00 g, 12h, Lugdunum mint, 360-361;
obverse: FL CL IVLIA NVS P P AVG, pearl and rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right /
reverse: VICTORIA DD NN AVG, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm frond, LVG in exergue;
RIC VIII 213, Lyon 259, RSC 58†d; crack at 12h, from the East Harptree Hoard.
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