Reading and dating roman coins

The collection is believed to have been amassed by Edward Hussey III and his son Edwy in the 19th century.

The majority of the collection features Roman coins from the late second century BC to the fourth century AD.

Dating from between 600 and 550 BC it is the only Greek-origin coin at Scotney Castle A set from the first century is just one short of the full complement of ancient emperors.

Pictured is a coin minted between 83-82BC with Antonius Balbus, praetor of Sardinia, on the front A coin from the Greek island of Aegina (pictured) is one of the earliest struck in Europe and features sea turtle, a creature sacred to Aphrodite.

She said: "I almost fell of my chair when I found out what date it was, it's in almost mint condition, which shows it was here much earlier than other Roman coins."Historically it's a wonderful find and I think Malcolm should be very proud."At that time there was a lot of trade going on.

It could have been a Celtic trader or a mercenary back from the wars.""A find like this could update all of our history books."The silver denarius depicts the helmeted head of Roma on the obverse and the galloping Dioscuri on the reverse.

But his latest find, the UK's oldest Roman coin, has amazed archeologists.

Malcolm told BBC Berkshire's Henry Kelly: "It was in a pasture field, near the ancient Ridgeway and it was probably six to eight inches into the ground."I dug it up and I could see it was a Republican denarius because there was a Roman head on it.

Malcolm said he discovered the age of the coin when he took it, along with another Iron Age silver coin of Eppillus to the West Berkshire and Oxfordshire Finds Liaison Officer, Anni Byard, so she could record them.

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