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The copying of bronze coins of Claudius I in Roman Britain

Kenyon, RFE; (1992) The copying of bronze coins of Claudius I in Roman Britain. Doctoral thesis , University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

Contemporary imitations of Roman coins pose particular problems for both numismatists and archaeoloqists, not least of which is differentiating orthodox coins from copies. In making a study of contemporary imitations of bronze coins of Claudius I (AD 41-54) found in Britain, the problem of recognition and identification of 'Claudian copies' was tackled by inspection of a large corpus of comparative material and data. Studying the material first-hand was crucial: the depth of knowledge gained by handling and recording both orthodox and imitative coins could not have been achieved by a purely literary study. The empirical approach of this aspect of the research was followed by a similar 'hands-on', experimental investigation into the manufacture of these coins. Analysis of results of experiments in manufacturing technique provides explanations for certain characteristic aspects of the appearance of Claudian copies. A corpus of Claudian copies found in Britain was created by photographing and recording details of coins held in museum and other collections throughout the southern half of Britain and by an extensive literary search through archaeological and numismatic journals. The data was assembled initially in three formats: a database of measurements and details of coins inspected; a catalogue of Claudian coins compiled from the literary search and responses to a collection audit sent to museums and archaeological groups throughout Britain; and a photographic catalogue of coins which is representative of Claudian bronze coins found in Britain. Findings based on the scrutiny and manipulation of the data are given in chapters dealing with the distribution of finds, and the supply and circulation of Claudian copies in Roman Britain. These findings are complemented by the results of a die-study of the photographic collection and of available comparative material. In attempt to avoid too insular a view, similar material from continental sources was assembled and employed for comparative purposes.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: The copying of bronze coins of Claudius I in Roman Britain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by EThOS.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1546590
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