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 Posted 05/07/2019  4:33 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add etaf201 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Good evening all

I am a new member of the forum and would really appreciate some help in IDing a recent metal detecting find, found in the South of England.

Having done some initial research, I believe it to be a Roman siliqua of Emperor Valens minted during his reign in 364 AD - 378AD. The reverse of the coin has the mintmark "TRPS", suggesting it was minted at Trier in Germany. The reverse shows Roma seated left on cuirass.

What is bothering me is that I have not been able to find another example in which the hair of the emperor is arranged in the same manner. Could any knowledgeable people point me in the right direction? Any help is very much appreciated.


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 Posted 05/07/2019  4:49 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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Nice find, I'm sure there will be someone along shortly to help with the identification.
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 Posted 05/07/2019  5:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Your image is a little out of focus but I believe this coin is struck from the same die pair:

https://cNGCoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=279746
Nice find!
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 Posted 05/07/2019  5:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add etaf201 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you so much Kushanshah, exactly what I after! #9786;#65039;
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Nice find - so many UK dug siliqua are halved and clipped, good to find a nice example of a whole one.

Many say that Valens marks the start of Rome's terminal decline; he was elevated to the purple by his brother, Valentinian, a noted general and successful emperor who lead the last Roman imperial expedition across the Rhine and the Danube. When Valeninian died, Valens and the young Gratian were left in charge...until Valens was needlessly killed in the Battle of Adrianople by an army of Goths (barbarians! Killing a roman emperor!). 2/3rds of the eastern imperial army, and a large contingent from the western army, lay dead and a young man was left in charge of the empire - it predictably all went to pot. Restabilisation occured when Gratian elevated Theodosius, the son of one of Valentinian's generals, to co-emperor, but following the pattern of centuries, the empire would never return to how it was before.
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