Seaton Down Hoard coin, nummus of Constantine II

Description
A nummus of the type that weighed 1/132 of a pound. It is a single coin from the Seaton Down Hoard. It was made between AD 337 and AD 340 in Rome and issued by Constantine II.

The image on the reverse of this coin is of the Emperor holding a spear and shield in a manner similar to Virtus. As Virtus is the male personification of courage and bravery, having his image combined with that of the Emperor may be designed to show that the Emperor has superior courage and bravery and, therefore, why he is a great leader for the Empire.

RAMM acquired the Seaton Down hoard with help from a generous donation by Patrick and Sally Long, Clinton Devon Estates, Thomson Reuters, Devon County Council and many members of the public. Patrick and Sally Long were particularly keen that the coins are preserved for inspiration and wonder of children.
The conservation and display of the hoard and a project to engage with East Devon schools and communities was funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund with further public donations.
Accession Loan No.
20/2016/998
Collection Class
Devon archaeology
Common Name
Seaton Down Hoard coin, nummus of Constantine II
Simple Name
coin
Full Name
coin, nummus (1/132 of a pound), of Constantine II
Period Classification
Roman (43-410)
Production Year Low
337
Production Year High
340
Family Group

Material
copper alloy
Collector / Excavator
Alex Farnell, AC Archaeology
Collection Site Name
Seaton Down near Gatcombe Farm
Collection Parish
Seaton
Collection Town
Seaton
Collection County
Devon
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe
Mint
Rome
Issuer Person
Constantine II
Inscription / Transcription
; VIRTVS AVGVSTI

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