One of the really fun things to do at Lunt is to strike your own Roman coin.  At the beginning of the year we bought a coin striker and since then we have be knocking them out like Romans.  Everybody loves to do it because they get to hit the striker with a big mallet.  Roman coins are really quite cheap because so many were struck.  Literally millions of them, metal was mined, milled, melted and then struck at an industrial rate.  But one of the things that amazes me is how many of them were lost.

Many coins come from hordes, where they were buried for safety and the owner never returned for them, quite a haunting idea really, whilst many others were just lost.  To recover these we use natures archaeologists, the mole.  The mole loves to dig but does not think much of artifacts so commonly throws out coins, pottery and other artifacts with his spoil.  As a result we actively encourage the moles at Lunt because you never know what they might uncover.

Attached is a picture of the coin that we strike at the Lunt, it is a Vespasian Denarius from the first century.  On the face is Vespasian in his uniform, which he would have worn as a general in Claudius’ army, and on the reverse is the goddess Vesta.  It is a copy of one of the coins that was discovered on site during the excavation.  A number of coins were discovered in pit in the Secellum.

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