Two Roman coins found at Heavitree House

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Two Roman coins found at Heavitree House

Heavitree House formerly stood below Heavitree parish churchyard. These two late Roman bronze coins found in its garden was struck for the Emperors Magnentius (left) and Constantius II (right), two rivals for the imperial title. Constantius II was the second son of Constantine the Great. His was the longer reign, from AD 337-361.

Magnentius, a man of barbarian origin, proved himself to be a soldier of great ability and rose through the ranks, seizing power in AD 350. His reign was brief; he committed suicide in AD 353.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum