Worn Roman coin ID if possible

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  1. Found this metal detecting just wondering if anyone knows what it is .thanks

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  3. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Helena securitas reipvblice Rome.jpg
  4. Roman Collector

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    Given the size of the coin and the reverse legend that is visible, I think it's one of these:

    Helena PAX PVBLICA Reduced Centenionalis Trier.jpg
    Helena, Augusta AD 324-328/330.
    Roman billon reduced centenionalis, 1.24 g, 13.4 mm.
    Trier, AD 337-340.
    Obv: FL IVL HELENAE AVG diademed and draped bust, right.
    Rev: PAX PVBLICA, Pax standing left, holding olive branch and transverse scepter; in exergue TR S.
    Refs: RIC viii, p. 144, 78; LRBC I 119; Cohen 4; RCV 17492.
  5. gsimonel

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    Looks like it might be a commemorative coin of Helena (A.D. 324 - 330?), minted by her grandsons (Constantine II, Constantius II and Constans) around 337-340. If so, the reverse would be PAX PV-BLICA, Pax standing left, holding branch downward in right hand and traverse scepter in left, like on the coin in this photo from Wildwinds:

    The coin looks like it would clean up pretty nicely. Try soaking it in distilled water (not tap water) and scrubbing it with a toothbrush and maybe a little dishwashing liquid.
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