Dick Hanscom and David R Pickup forwarded this BBC News article on a new coin find. Thanks! -Editor
Ulpius Cornelius Laelianus (also incorrectly referred to as Lollianus and Aelianus) was a usurper against Postumus, the emperor of
the Gallic Empire. His revolt lasted from approximately late February to early June 269.
An "incredibly rare" Roman coin minted for an ill-fated emperor has been found during work to upgrade an A road.
It depicts Ulpius Cornelius Laelianus, who reigned for about two months in AD269 before he was killed.
Archaeologist Steve Sherlock said the "significant' find was only the second of its kind to be unearthed in England.
The coin shows Laelianus wearing a radiant crown and was found in a ditch at a small Roman farmstead by archaeologists.
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."
Another unusual coin discovered during the dig was a Gallic War Uniface coin, minted in 57BC by the Ambiani tribe in the Somme area of modern-day
Experts believe it was exported to help fund the British Celtic resistance to Julius Caesar.
To read the complete article, see:
'Incredibly rare' Roman coin found during A14 roadworks
Wayne Homren, Editor
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