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finger-ring / coin

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1969,0901.1

  • Description

    Gold finger-ring; bezel a coin (aureus) of Trajan (53-117 AD) mounted obverse uppermost in beaded wire border; obverse: bust to right, laureate, draped and cuirassed, and inscription; reverse: bust of Sol to right, radiate and draped, and inscription; plain wire hoop.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC early (coin)
    • 5thC-7thC (finger ring)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 2.3 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        PA[RT] HICO P M TR P [CO]S VI P P SPQR
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Content

        [IMP CAES NER T]RAIAN O[PTIM AVG GERM DAC]
  • Curator's comments

    Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager ‘Summary Catalogue’ (draft MS)

    Published:
    ANDERSSON K. 1985. Intellektuell import eller romersk dona?, Tidskrift för nordisk fornkunskap XX, Uppsala, 1983-85, p. 131, fig. 43

    Select details from unpublished Summary Catalogue by Marion Archibald, John Kent and Nicholas Lowick, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum. no. 785.
    'Gold aureus of Trajan (98-117)
    Obv. (IMP CAES NER T) RAIAN O (PTIM AVG GERM DAC); bust to right, laureate, draped, cuirassed
    Rev. PA(RT) HICO P M TR P (CO) S VI P P SPQR; bust of Sol to right, radiate and draped
    Mint Rome 114-117
    Ref. Mattingly H., 'Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum', vol. 3 no. 76, London 1976'.

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  • Bibliography

    • Marshall, F H 1907a p.45, no.259 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    4 December 1996

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Light clean.

    Condition

    Dirty.Brown greasy muck in detail.

    Treatment details

    Brushed with acetone.Polished using Goddards long term silver cloth.Brushed with a soft,natural bristle brush.

    About these records 

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1969

  • Acquisition notes

    Bequeathed by Sir Augustus Franks, 1897; acquired with main bequest and originally registered in Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1969,0901.1

  • Additional IDs

    • F.259 (GR reg.no)

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