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Silver ingot

 

Length: 102.000 mm
Weight: 353.400 g (when found)

P&EE OA 247

Room 49: Roman Britain

    Silver ingot

    Roman Britain, late 4th or early 5th century AD
    Tower of London

    Silver ingots like this were used to pay soldiers and civil servants in the Late Roman Empire. The stamped inscription reads EX OFFE HONORINI, which translates 'from the workshop of Honorinus'. It was found in 1777 with two gold coins of the emperor Arcadius (AD 395-408) and one of Honorius (AD 395-423), and dates to the end of the Roman period in Britain. The site, later to be occupied by the Norman Tower of London, lay inside the south-east corner of the Roman city wall, and it is possible that it had been a late Roman military stronghold.

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