Seaton Down Hoard coin, nummus of Constantine II

A nummus of the type that weighed 1/132 of a pound. It is one of 65 similar coins from the Seaton Down Hoard made around AD 330-335 in Arles, modern France, and issued by Constantine II.

The inscription ‘GLORIA EXERCITVS’ means ‘the glory of the army’ and was seen as a celebration of the bravery and fortitude of the soldiers and their military successes. The image depicts two soldiers and their standards and was a common image on coinage.

RAMM acquired the Seaton Down hoard with help from a generous donation by Patrick and Sally Long, Clinton Devon Estates, Thomson Reuters, Devon County Council and many members of the public. Patrick and Sally Long were particularly keen that the coins are preserved for inspiration and wonder of children.
The conservation and display of the hoard and a project to engage with East Devon schools and communities was funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund with further public donations.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Devon archaeology
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collector Excavator
Alex Farnell, AC Archaeology
copper alloy
Common Name
Seaton Down Hoard coin, nummus of Constantine II
Simple Name
Inscription Transcription
Period Classification
Roman (43-410)
Production Year Low
Production Year High

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coin, nummus (1/132 of a pound), of Constantine II