The reproduction bronze plated Dupondius coin of Hadrian is based on a coin that was struck between 117-138 AD and shows a bust of Hadrian on the obverse and Aeternitas holding the heads of the sun and the moon on the reverse. The reproduction 22ct gold plated Aureus of Claudius is based on a coin that was struck between 41-54 AD and shows a laureate bust of Claudius on the obverse and DE BRITANN on a triumphal arch on the reverse. The reproduction bronze plated As of Claudius shows the bare head of Claudius on the obverse and palladium of Minerva on the reverse. The three coins are held in clear plastic blisters and are supplied in full color pamphlet style packaging, complete with images and historical information relating to the Roman occupation of Britain.
Roman coins were not just a means of paying for goods. The obverse of the coins portrayed the ruling Emperors face. The reverse of the coins were used to communicate great events or to promote the status of the Emperor to his people. For example, the Emperor may have depicted a god that had attributes with which he wished to be associated. The coins were circulated throughout the Empire bringing news, perhaps of events that had taken place far away.
The Romans invaded Britain in 43 AD when about 40,000 troops crossed the channel under the command of Aulus Platutius. Claudius arrived in Britain to take command of the later stages of the campaign and earn an official triumph. Hadrian became emperor in 117 AD and set about implementing significant changes which marked a turning point in both Roman and European history. Hadrians Wall is regarded as the finest example of his achievements and has provided historians with an abundance of evidence enabling a clearer understanding of the Roman occupation.
- Replica Historical Coin
- Great for Kids, Collectors, Gamers, and History Groups
- Made From Pewter
- Cast From Originals