Yorkshire Archaeological and Topographical Journal (1870) - List of Coins Found at Slack

Reproduced from Volume I of the Yorkshire Archaeological and Topographical Journal.

The following is a transcription of a historic article and may contain occasional errors.

LIST OF ROMAN COINS FOUND DURING THE EXCAVATIONS AT SLACK IN 1865-6.

The Coins found are seventeen in number. Two are of silver, the rest of bronze : of the whole number, four are too much corroded to be identified, and of one the device and legend are uncertain. The remaining twelve, which are given in the order of their dates, are as follow :—

First Bronze.

Obv. — [IMP. CAES.] VESPASIAN. AVG. [P.M. TR. P. P.P. COS. III.] The laureate head of the Emperor to the right.
Rev. — IVDAEA [CAPTA, in the exergue S.C.] A palm-tree rising in the middle of the field, on the left side of which a female captive is seated, her head reclining on her left hand in an attitude of grief. The Emperor is standing on the right side bareheaded, and in military costume : in his right he holds a spear erect, and in his left hand a girdle, his left foot rests on a helmet lying at the foot of the palm-tree.

Silver Denarius.

Obv. — (Legend from right to left.) IMP. CAESAR V ESP ASIAN VS. The Laureate head of Vespasian to the right.
Rev. — (Legend from right to left.). PON. MAX. TR. P. COS. V. A Caducous winged, vertical, in the centre of the field.

Second Bronze.

Obv. — CAESAR AVG. F. DOMITIANVS. COS. V. Laureate head of Domitian to the right.
Rev. — No legend. A female gradient to the left, offering a wreath with her right hand. In the field the letters S. C.

Second Bronze.

Obv. — ... DOMIT. AVG ... (The commencement and ending of the legend imperfect.) Laureate head of Domitian to the right.
Rev. — No legend. Fortune standing to the left with cornu-copiæ in her left arm, and her right hand on the tiller of a rudder.

Second Bronze.

Obv. — Legend illegible. Laureate head of Domitian to the right.
Rev. — ... AVGVSTI in the field S.C. Fortune standing to the left, in her left arm a cornu-copiæ, her right arm extended.

Second Bronze.

Obv. — IMP. CAES. DOMIT. AYG. GER COS. XIL CENS. PER P.P. Laureate head of Domitian to the right.
Rev.— ... AVGVSTI in the field S.C. Fortune standing to the left, in her left arm a cornu-copiæ, her right hand extended.

Second Bronze.

Obv. — [IMP. CAES. DOMIT. AVG.] GERM. COS. XV. CENS. PER. P.P. Laureate head of Domitian to the right.
Rev. — ... AVGVSTI in the field S.C. Fortune standing to the left, a cornu-copiæ in her left arm, her right hand extended, touching a tiller of a rudder.

Silver Denarius.

Obv. — IMP. NERVA CAES. AVG. P.M. TR POT. Laureate head of Nerva to the right.
Rev. — COS. III. PATER PATRIAE, lituus, guttus, simpulum, and another sacrificial emblem.

Second Bronze.

Obv. — IMP. NERVA CAESAR P. M. TR. P. COS. III. P.P. Laureate head of Nerva to the right
Rev. — FORTVNA AVGVSTI. Fortune standing to the left, a cornu-copiæ in her left arm, and her right hand extended touching the tiller of a rudder. Letters S. C. on either side in the field.

First Bronze.

Obv. — IMP. CAES. NERVAE TRAINO. AVG. GER. DAC. P.M. TR, P. COS. V. P.P. The Laureate head of the Emperor to the right.
Rev. — S. P. Q. R. OPTIMO. PRINCIPI. In the field S. C. A female standing to the left, her right hand extended holding an olive branch, in her left arm she bears a cornu-copiæ filled with fruits, at her feet is a human head and bust in profile and wearing a cap, her right foot is pressing on its shoulders.

First Bronze.

Obv. — IMP. CAES. NERVAE TRAIANO. AVG. GER. DAC. TR P. COS. V. P.P. The Laureato head of the Emperor to the right.
Rev. — S. P. Q. R. OPTIMO. PRINCIPI. In the exergue S. C. Hygeia seated to the left. A snake is twined round an altar at her feet, from which a flame rises, and she is either feeding the snake, or placing some disc like object on the altar with her right hand, her left hand resting on her thigh.

Second Bronze.

Obv. — IMP. CAES. NER. TRAINO. OPTIMO AVG. GER DAC. PARTHICO. P.M. TR COS. V. P.P. The head of the Emperor to the right with radiate crown, his shoulders draped.
Rev. — SENATVS. POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS. In the exerguo S.C. The Emperor in military costume full front to the right, in the act of rushing out from between two trophies ; on the one to the right hand he has placed his right hand, in his left hand he holds a spear, and is touching the trophy at his left side.

In compiling the above list the work of Mr. Francis Hobler, entitled "Records of Roman History, &c., exhibited on Roman Coins, &c." (1860), has been consulted, and from that source the letters within brackets and parts of the devices that are defaced have been supplied. It cannot be stated with certainty whether the IVDAEA CAPTA is of Vespasian or Titus; but, as in both cases the types would be similar, the uncertainty becomes immaterial. The story of these coins extends from the year 71 to the year 114 A.D., and, it may be remarked, that inasmuch as no coins have yet been found of later date than Trajan, those above described are such as would be in use among the soldiers of Hadrian, Trajan's successor, and it may be inferred, with some show of reason, that we have in them a trace of the occupation of the station at Slack by the troops who came to Britain with Hadrian.

Yorkshire Archaeological and Topographical Journal (1870) - List of Coins Found at Slack

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