FIND SPOTLIGHT: Britain’s oldest coin?

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Image credit: Leicestershire County Council.

This Roman Republican silver denarii was found in the Hallaton treasure hoard. It was struck in Rome before the Roman general Scipio defeated Hannibal and could have been made as far back as 211 BC, which would make it one of the oldest coins found in Britain.

The coin depicts the goddess Roma on one side and the twins Castor and Pollox on galloping horses on the reverse.

The presence of a Roman coin of this antiquity in Iron Age Leicestershire is strong evidence for the exchange of goods between the region and Rome, through trade and diplomacy, before the Roman conquest.

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