Heraclius. A.D. 610-641. Constantinople - A.D. 631-635. GOLD Solidus. Heraclius stg. between Heraclius Constantine on R. & Heraclonas on L., holding globus cruciger / 'VICTORIA – AVGYB' Cross with mintmark R. field. 'CONOB' in exergue. Very Fine for the issue & Scarce.
On the 22nd of March 1970, a hoard of choice Constantinian Roman bronze coins was found in a field adjoining the Fosse Way, near Bourton-on-the-Water. The locals called the area the ‘Money Ground’ because so many Roman coins were found there over the years. This time they found the ultimate source, what had been an original sack of coins hidden almost 1,700 years ago. Correctly, the hoard was handed in and declared as Treasure Trove. We are always being asked for Roman coins struck in Britain and especially for those of Constantine the Great, often because he was declared emperor in York in A.D. 306. Our answer? "The only coins you can be sure of will have a London Mintmark", which is usually ‘PLN’. But there are others and these Mintmarks are rarer! From (this declared hoard/the ‘Money Ground’ hoard) we can offer you: ‘MLL’, ‘MSL’ or ‘MLN’. The Mintmark will be of our choice but the first to order will get the rarest of the three: ‘MLL’. They grade Extremely Fine having been buried very soon after they were struck. Remember, this is a bronze coin of Constantine the Great struck 1,700 years ago, in an incredible condition from the ‘Money Ground’ Hoard and with Rarer London Mintmarks. What more can you want?