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Coin expert Julian Bowsher, of MOLA Headland Infrastructure, said: "Roman emperors were very keen to mint coins - Laelianus reigned for just two months which is barely enough time to do so.
"The fact that one of these coins ever reached the shores of Britain demonstrates remarkable efficiency and there's every chance that Laelianus had been killed by the time this coin arrived in Cambridgeshire."
The ill-fated emperor usurped the throne and ruled a breakaway empire in what is now Germany and France before being killed, probably by his own soldiers.
Dr Sherlock, who is the lead archaeologist for the A14 project, said "discoveries of this kind are incredibly rare".
For although it was not until some four or five months later that [the rebel Emperor Postumus] was able to finally dispose of his rivel, Ulpius Cornelius Laelianus, the revolt of the latter may well have begun earlier. Some idea of this clash of foces is given by the fact that the mint of Cologne was still striking a plentiful issue for Postumus for the New Year of 269 while the legion XXX Ulpia of Vetera (Xanten) went over to Laelianus, and both Mainz and the capital Treves, where his coins were struck, also joined him. Laelianus was shut up in Mainz and died when the city was taken...
Vol XII p191
originally posted by: Rewey
a reply to: gortex
What a fantastic find. I love that someone, somewhere can look at that image and say, "oh, that's that Roman emperor of a spin-off empire who only lasted 2 months, nearly 2000 years ago...".
Thumbs up on sharing this!
originally posted by: Fallingdown
The history of civilization in Europe fascinates me .
The Minoans, Romans, Gauls, Norse, Mongols and Islam all took a bite .
It is a treasure hunters paradise compared to the US .