Late Roman solidi by Unknown Artist

These three Late Roman gold solidi coins were made at the mint of Treveri (Trier) in Germany between AD 378 - 392 and bear portraits of the Emperors Gratian, Theodosius I and Valentinian II.


Each 2.1 cm diameter
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £1,400)
Acquired in:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

They represent the last offical Roman coinage to enter Britain, and have a very high gold content, evidence of the wealth present in Lincoln in the Late Roman period. They were probably buried as a hoard in the AD 390s, which may have been the only sure way of keeping such valuable objects secure in a time of strife and uncertainty.


Discovered near Lincoln by a metal detector user in 2005 and declared Treasure in 2005.

Venue details

The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire Danes Terrace, LINCOLN Lincolnshire LN2 1LP 01522 550990

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