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Superb ancient British barbarous VRBS ROMA AE3, minted ca.336-348 AD - high quality imitation of the continental type from Dorchester (?) in Roman Britain

Superb ancient British barbarous VRBS ROMA AE3, minted ca.336-348 AD - high quality imitation of the continental type from Dorchester (?) in Roman Britain

VRBS ROMA, Rome facing left / She-wolf feeding twins, two stars above, branch above,TRP below. 18mm, 2.68 grams. Imitaiting Trier mint, but struck in Britain, ca.336-348 AD

Beautiful high quality coin! If it wasn't for the unorthodox style of the bust and the inscriptions, the coin would surely pass for an official issue.

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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