Tyne and Wear HER(500): Newcastle, River Tyne, Roman coins - Details
Newcastle, River Tyne, Roman coins
Two Roman coins found in the Tyne on the site of the Roman bridge. One is a Sestertius of Hadrian from Newcastle (A.D. 132-4). On the obverse side is a bust of Hadrian with the legend HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, on the reverse is the imperial barge with the Emperor enthroned between two standards at the stern and a colossal wind-god as a figurehead on the prow, with the legend FELICITATI AVG(VSTI) CO(N)S(VLIS) III P(ATRIS) P(ATRIAE). The second coin is of Faustina the elder, wife of Antoninus Pius. On the obverse side is a draped head and bust with the legend, DIVA FAVSTINA; on the reverse side is a standing figure and the legend, AETERNITAS. Probably, like other coins from the site of the bridge, these were votive offerings to the river.
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