A Roman coin from Cowick Fields (reverse)

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A Roman coin from Cowick Fields (reverse)

This coin of copper alloy was found at Cowick Fields, near the river Exe, in 1927; the precise findspot was not recorded. It was struck between the years AD 350 and 353 and the reverse, seen here, reads FELICITAS REPVBLICA (the happiness of the Republic) and shows the standing emperor holding a personification of Victory (with wreath); his standard is surmounted by the Christian Chi-Rho. By this time Christianity had become the official religion of the Roman empire. The obverse shows a portrait of the emperor wearing a diadem, with his imperial titles DN MAGNENTIVS PF AVG.

Acknowledgments: © Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter City Council

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