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Rare Roman coin amongst Somerset collection

October 30, 2012 in Coins, Roman Coins

(http://www.bbc.co.uk) BBC News Somerset

30 October 2012

A rare Roman coin dating back to AD 269 has been found amongst a bequeathed private collection in Somerset.

The coin is a radiate of Gaius Marcus Aurelius Marius, an emperor believed to have reigned for only months.

The Marius coin was discovered by staff at the Community Heritage Access Centre in Yeovil. Photo: Community Heritage Access Centre

The Marius coin was discovered by staff at the Community Heritage Access Centre in Yeovil. Photo: Community Heritage Access Centre

It was discovered in the Ilminster area and is part of a collection of hundreds of coins owned by Bristol-born James Stevens Cox, who died in 1997.

Ben Sayers, from the Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC) in Yeovil, said it was “an amazing discovery”.

“The chances of a coin minted in such a small window of opportunity surviving the best part of 2,000 years are tiny,” he added.

The centre, which will house the coin, said there could be as few as 50 of the coins in existence in England.

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