Veni, vidi, vici

New information about Gloucester’s history has been uncovered following the discovery of two rare Roman coins.

The coins are now on display at the City Museum and Art Gallery and add new knowledge to the understanding of life during the Roman period in Gloucester.

The most famous Roman of all, Julius Ceasar, issued one of the coins. Found in Kingsholm this bronze coin was made over 100 years before the Romans were believed to have settled in Gloucester.  It is inscribed `CAESAR DICTER’ to tell the people that Caesar was dictator of Rome.

The other coin was recently discovered in a field at Arlingham, suggesting the Romans crossed the River Severn here and used fords and roads that are yet to be identified.

The coin is also evidence of a Roman charity set up by an Emperor in memory of his late wife. It is inscribed `PVELLAE FAVSTINIANAE’ which means Faustina’s girls.

Faustina was married to the emperor Antoninus Pius.  When she died in AD141 he set up an organisation to help the poor orphan girls of Rome.  Her portrait appears on one side of the coin.

Many Roman finds are on display at the City Museum – including the famous Rufus Sita tombstone and remains of the Roman wall.

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