Roman Copper coin, an Antoninianus of Tetricus II, 270 and 273 AD.

Roman Copper coin, an Antoninianus of Tetricus II, 270 and 273 AD.

Included in Collections: Archaeology

Object Description

This small roman coin was found near the gates of Tarbat Old Church, Portmahomack in 1978. There have been suggestions of Roman Camps and a 'Roman Beacon' on the Tarbat Peninsula but these are very unlikely. Roman coins circulated for many years, after the fall of Roman Brittan, for trading and this may account for its presence there. Copper coin, an Antoninianus of Tetricus II, minted between 270 and 273AD, possibly at Trier in Germany. The head is crowned with the sun's rays, probably indicating a coin of a double value. The reverse shows a tall female figure. Tetricus was a usurper who had assumed authority over the Roman provinces of Gaul, Spain and Britain. He was ousted and exiled by Emperor Aurelian in 274, although he returned to provincial government after Aurelian's death.

Cat No. 0927
Collections Archaeology
Date added May 26th, 2021
Added by Tain & District Museum

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