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Ancient British barbarous AE3 of Constans, minted ca.337-348 AD - imitation of the continental type from Dorchester (?) in Roman Britain

Ancient British barbarous AE3 of Constans, minted ca.337-348 AD - imitation of the continental type from Dorchester (?) in Roman Britain

CONSTAN-S PF AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans right / GLORIA EXERCITVS, two soldiers standing, each holding a spear and a shield, one standard between them, TRP below. 14mm, 1.20 grams. Imitating Trier mint, but struck in Britain, ca.337-348 AD

There were a few series of fascinating high quality imitations of VRBS ROMA, CONSTANTINOPOLIS and GLORIA EXERCITVS bronzes produced in Britain in the later 330's-340's AD. The coins were of unusually high quality for British imitations - these were, by far, the nicest of the Romano-British Constantinian barbarics. They might have been semi-official coins, struck because of the acute coin shortage by the local government. All these imitative coins bore mintmarks of Lyons, Trier and (to a lesser extent) Rome, but there produced somewhere in Southern Britain. Dr.Adrian Marsden, in his excellent article about these coins published some 2 decades ago, identified the possible production sites for these coins. I think they were minted in Nether Compton, outside of the Roman Dorchester and perhaps at other locations. 

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