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Author(s): George Valentin Bounegru, Viorica Suciu
Subject(s): Essay|Book Review |Scientific Life
Published by: Muzeul Naţional al Unirii Alba Iulia
Keywords: antoninian; Apulum; circulatie monetara; Dacia; denar; dupondius; monede romane imperiale; Partos; sestert; tezaur

Summary/Abstract: The authors present 32 Roman Imperial coins, discovered in three different areas of the Roman city Apulum, on some rescue archaeological researches, carried out by a staff of archaeologists from the National Museum of Union Alba Iulia between December 2007 and March 2008. From the first area, Apulum I (the present Partos district), where it is attested Colonia Aurelia Apulensis, 12 coins come, from the second, the area of canabae and the suburban one, situated north and north-west from the Roman fort of the XIIIth Legion Gemina – 14 coins, and from the third, that of the big necropolis, Dealul Furcilor (Pitchforks’ Hill) known also as Podei-6 coins. Coins from the first area are issued by: Vespasian (1), Hadrian (3, out of which a piece for Sabina), Antoninus Pius: Faustina II (1), Marcus Aurelius (1), Septimius Severus (3 out of which a piece is for Iulia Domna), Caracalla (2, out of which one piece is for Iulia Domna) and Severus Alexander (1). The nominal of the pieces is made from: 8 denarii (out of which 4 are suberate), 3 asses and a sestertius. The issues of money from the second area are distributed the following way: Titus: Divus Vespasianus (1), Hadrianus (1), Antoninus Pius (1), Marcus Aurelius: Faustina II (1), Commodus (2), Septimius Severus (4), Caracalla (1), Severus Alexander: Iulia Mamaea (1), Elagabal (1), Balbinus (1). The numerary of these coins consists of: 8 denarii (out of which 3 are suberate), an as, a dupondius and three sestertii. A piece which draws our attention is piece no. 15, which is a suberate hybrid denarius, with the obverse from Septimius Severus and the reverse from Caracalla. The 6 coins from the third area are from the following emperors: Vespasian (1), Hadrian (1), Marcus Aurelius 819, Septimus Severus: Iulia Domna (1), Severus Alexander (1), Philippus II (1). Among these only one piece is a denarius, the others being bronzes: 4 asses and a dupondius. We notice the presence of an emission PROVINCIA DACIA, issued by Philippus II, pice no. 32. We consider that the presented coins complete the necessary data referring to the monetary circulation from Apulum, adding to the other monetary discoveries which come from different points of this important centre of Roman Dacia.

  • Issue Year: 45/2008
  • Issue No: -
  • Page Range: 461-475
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Romanian