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Kent Archaeological Review extract

Five more Potin Coins from Kent.
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A detailed report by Mr D F Allen on Potin coins appeared in the August, 1968 issue of the KAR (Number 13, page 8). These small coins, made of a mixture of copper and tin, were circulating mainly in the South-East from about the middle of the 1st century BC to about the middle of the 1st century AD.

Of the five new coins three were found by the Sittingbourne Group during their emergency excavation of the Roman site at Radfield in 1968. The other two were found by the West Kent Border Group in 1969, one at the Iron Age and Roman villa site at Keston and the other at Sutton-at-Hone on a ditched Roman (?) site during Operation Gaspipe East.

PHOTO: Five new Potin coins from Kent.


PHOTO: Five new Potin coins from Kent.

Five new Potin coins from Kent. Obverse side above and reverse side below.
(Photos kindly supplied by Mr Allen)

The coins illustrated on the previous page are described from top-left to bottom-right.

  1. From Sutton-at-Hone (NGR TQ 545 696). Operation Gaspipe East. GPE-6.
  2. From Radfield. (NGR TQ 939 628). Emergency Excavations. RAD-10. A first-century ditch.
  3. From Radfield. RAD-225.
  4. From Radfield. RAD-229. First-century ditch. (Weight 1.448 grams=22.345 grains).
  5. From Lower Warbank, Keston. (NGR TQ 414 632). LWB-C25-3. From upper-fill of enclosure ditch. (Weight 1.146 grams=17.685 grains).

Mr Allen adds the comments that the Keston coin is particularly interesting as it adds another variant to the basic type. In this case there is only one crescent over the "bull" instead of two. In addition the coin from Radfield (RAD-229) is worth noting as the "bull" is so reduced that it looks neither way.

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