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.
Late Roman solidi by Unknown Artist, 378392
© The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire
- 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.
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