Gold aureus

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Roman Imperial gold coin
Aureus of Antonius Pius and Marcus Aurelius, AD 139

Field collection: Jamesfield Farm, Fife, outside area of Scheduled Ancient Monumant
Collected by Mr P Socha

Treasure Trove Award, purchase 50% grant-aided by NMS National Fund for Aquisitions
Museum number 1990-210

Finds of Roman gold coins in Scotland are extremely rare.
The aureus was the most valuable coin in the Roman Empire, worth about 25 denarii. This coin was issued in AD 139, seventy years before the fortress at Carpow was occupied. It does not show signs of much use.

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