Roman Coin Set 4 – The Roman Occupation
Roman coins were not just a means of paying for goods. The obverse of the coins portrayed the ruling Emperor’s face. The reverse of the coins were used to communicate great events or to promote the status of the Emperor to his people. For example, the Emperor may have depicted a god that had attributes with which he wished to be associated. The coins were circulated throughout the Empire bringing news, perhaps of events that had taken place far away.
The Romans invaded Britain in 43AD when about 40,000 troops crossed the channel under the command of Aulus Platutius. Claudius arrived in Britain to take command of the later stages of the campaign and earn an official triumph. Hadrian became emperor in 117AD and set about implementing significant changes which marked a turning point in both Roman and European history. Hadrian’s Wall is regarded as the finest example of his achievements and has provided historians with an abundance of evidence enabling a clearer understanding of the Roman occupation.
The reproduction bronze plated Dupondius coin of Hadrian was struck between 117-138AD and shows a bust of Hadrian on the obverse and Aeternitas holding the heads of the sun and the moon on the reverse.
The reproduction 22ct gold plated Aureus of Claudius was struck between 41-54AD and shows a laureate bust of Claudius on the obverse and DE BRITANN on a triumphal arch on the reverse
The reproduction bronze plated As of Claudius shows the bare head of Claudius on the obverse and palladium of Minerva on the reverse.
The three coins are held in clear plastic blisters and are supplied in full colour pamphlet style packaging, complete with images and historical information relating to the Roman occupation of Britain.