Friday, 18 February 2022


The theme this month was travelling mints. (Not travel sweets)

An army on the march would need vast quantities of coin and the technology for minting coins was quite portable. Roman armies may have had mobile mints. Some coins are common in some areas where there was campaigning for example this coin featuring Britannia.

Roman Denarius issued by T. Carisius (46BCE) showing the moneyer's die, anvil, hammer and tongs

By Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., CC BY-SA 3.0,


This bronze as (top coin) , dated to AD 155, was common in Britain but rare in other parts of the Roman Empire. It may well have formed part of a special shipment of coin to the island or produced at a travelling mint.

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