Friday, 19 April 2013

A Roman bronze coin from the 2nd Century AD has been found in a Silsden field by local garage-owner Richard Spencer, who is new to metal-detecting. Silsden expert Jeff Walbank dates the coin to the reign of Antoninus Pius, whose head (above) is on the obverse and who was Emperor from 138 to 161. Jeff says that it may be only the fifth Roman coin to have been found locally. There is a female figure on the reverse of the coin (below), which is about the size of a 50 pence piece. Antoninus succeeded Hadrian as Emperor and had the lesser known Antonine wall built across lowland Scotland between the rivers Forth and Clyde.