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HER Number:MDV4099
Name:Roman coin found near Princetown

Summary

Bronze late Roman coin found in Princetown in 1885 during the digging of a drain attached to some houses on the road that leads to Two Bridges. Described as a Byzantine copper coin in a remarkable state of preservation, it was identified as a coin of Tiberius Constantinus (AD 581); the first coin of this emperor to be recorded in this county.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 590 735
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/49

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FINDSPOT (Post Roman - 410 AD to 700 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

The late 19th century historic map show houses directly opposite the Railway Inn on this road, as well as several more slightly further north-eastwards along the road towards Two Bridges. Location of this record is approximate.

Worth, R. N., 1891, President's Address: Localities of Roman Remains in Devon, 78 (Article in Serial). SDV158810.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1973, SX57SE61 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV216294.

A coin of Tiberius Constantinus (AD 581) was dug up near Princetown in 1885. Estimated at SX 591735.

Anon, 1995, Numismatical, 69-70 (Article in Serial). SDV216296.

Description of the coin found in Princetown in May 1885. Described as being discovered during the digging of a drain attached to some houses recently built on the outskirts of Princetown, by the side of the road that leads to Two Bridges.
Described as a Byzantine copper coin in a remarkable state of preservation (although 'rudely executed'), the article describes the coin in detail.
Identified as a coin of Tiberius Constantinus (AD 581); the first coin of this emperor to be recorded in this county (citing R. N. Worth).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV158810Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1891. President's Address: Localities of Roman Remains in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 23. A5 Hardback. 78.
SDV216294Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1973. SX57SE61. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV216296Article in Serial: Anon. 1995. Numismatical. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 17. Digital. 69-70.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #24242 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds

  • FDV4788 - COIN (VI - 582 AD to 582 AD)

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 6 2020 2:18PM