My UK holiday souvenir.

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Ancient Aussie, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Ancient Aussie

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    Just returned from a fantastic month touring the British Isles including Ireland. As I haven't any Roman Britain ancient coins thought this Constatine camp gate bought in the heart of London would be a better souvenir than a Paddington Bear. Dominic Chorney of Baldwin's gave me a good deal, and I was surprised at the depth of his Inventory, a lot more than I have seen on his Vcoins store well worth the visit. Perhaps some of you LRB collectors could attribute it for me, would be appreciated. Also feel free to post your British camp gate coins, or any camp gate for that matter. IMG20170809050505.jpg IMG20170809050428.jpg
     
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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Good on you, AA! Sounds splendid!

    I had one week for my UK visit.

    Hoped for just such a "souvenir" as that.

    Ended up with silver pennies from Edward I and Charles I, plus an environmental-damaged George II farthing, but the price was right, you might say. :)

    Got any interesting pictures from the journey?
     
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  4. Ancient Aussie

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    Probably a stand out highlight of the tour was the Roman Bath at Somerset not just the baths themselves but the exhibitions including coin hoards found on site and nearby. Also some of the castles and Stonehenge was great. IMG20170801100444.jpg IMG20170801095107.jpg IMG20170801101518.jpg IMG20170803120115.jpg
     
  5. alde

    alde Always Learning

    Sounds like the perfect holiday. Great souvenir too. One of my bucket list dreams is to spend a couple of weeks in UK to see all the history and beautiful sites.
     
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  6. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    Sounds like you had a good time and an awesome souvenir as well. I can't wait to go back to Britain, there's so much to do and see. Your coin is RIC VII 294.
     
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  7. Ancient Aussie

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    You won't be disappointed, we covered so much area in the four weeks we got a bit tired. Being home is almost like a holiday in itself.
     
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  8. Ancient Aussie

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    Thanks for that Ajax, I didn't see to many in the CNG archives and thought I saw another RIC number besides that one, so a bit confused. What was your favorite place in UK?
     
  9. Ajax

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    I would probably say Bath or Nottingham because that's where most of the family is.
     
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  10. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    The obverse inscription--specifically AG at the end instead of AVG--is what distinguishes your coin from most other camp gates of Constantine from London.
     
  11. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Hey, AA, sounds like you had an excellent holiday. Love those pictures! Nice campgate, too. I regret that I didn't get to visit any Roman sites when I went to the UK a couple years ago. I did manage to drop by at the London Coin Fair that was on when I was in the city and picked up a few coins. This Faustina Jr was one of them.

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  12. Ancient Aussie

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    Unfortunately there isn't a lot of Roman sites besides Bath, unlike Rome which is now building around them, London seemed to build over them. Although tons of Medieval castles which are fascinating to see in there various condition you get the ones that are totally run down (the type I like) to the ones like Dublin castle pristine inside. I love the portrait of Faustina Jr, on your coin, well at least you got a good souvenir as well.
     
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  13. Ancient Aussie

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    Thanks for that, I just remembered yesterday that I have that RIC in PDF version. I have to start spending a bit more time with these LRB's as there are so many variations.
     
  14. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Isca in Caerleon, Wales. I believe the 2nd Augusta was stationed there. Excellent visit and re-enactments are performed there. Perhaps, @maridvnvm would probably have more info.
     
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  15. Ancient Aussie

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    Looks like I will have to go back missed that. :( But overall I think I could spend more time in Wales as it seems to have the most interesting sites.
     
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  16. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    I lived there for 3 years around 20 years ago. Loved Wales. Was extremely busy working there, but I did get out and tried to see things. I did have the ruins of an early Norman castle out my office window.
     
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  17. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Sounds like you had a fun trip though. Neat coin!
     
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  18. Ancient Aussie

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    Thanks, I wanted a coin that was minted in London near the start and that went through all the history, Kings and Queens, etcetera.
     
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  19. PaddyB

    PaddyB Eccentric enthusiast

    Living most of my life in the UK, I would have to take exception to
    "there isn't a lot of Roman sites besides Bath"! :)
    Roman sites are all over Britain ranging from Forts and Villas to whole abandoned cities. (I would agree thay are not always well advertised here - there is so much Roman stuff around that the local tourist boards seem to ignore it.) As well as Caerleon in South Wales I would recommend Hadrian's wall in Northumbria and the Villa at Fishbourne in Sussex. Any town or city with Chester or Caster is based on a Roman fort and will have remains somewhere. When you next visit do a bit of Googling for the areas you will be in before you arrive. (The Roman stuff in London has been mostly built over I agree - until the late 20th century it was held in low regard unless it was in marble!)
     
  20. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    Its been probably 20 years since I was last in Bath. They didn't have those cool coin displays then, but the museum gift shop did sell crappy poor quality Roman coins for inflated prices. Bath is an amazing town, without even considering the Roman baths. If one finds themselves in UK, consider it a 'must see' destination.

    I dont want to put words into anyones mouth, but perhaps he was saying that there aren't many Roman sites right around Bath? Of course we all know that the Romans left their presence all about the isle.

    Here's me at Bath, I guess its more like 25 years ago. So young. Poor photo, but this was back when one had to know how to make a camera work, then one had to wait many weeks to see the results.

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  21. Ancient Aussie

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    Seems like they have done a lot of work to the Baths since you were there Ken Dorney there is now a couple of levels down underneath going around the baths. They have even got parts of a temple pediment down there positioned in the way it would have been back in early centuries, also did they have the circular pool where the villagers would throw their coins to the god Minerva in the hope of a better afterlife? IMG20170801104650.jpg IMG20170801103028.jpg
     
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