Carlisle Cricket Club site gives up yet more of its fascinating Roman history
Peering intently, archaeologist Frank Giecco turns the coin over in his hand and grins broadly as the light picks out the worn image of a woman, seated inelegantly on a rock, her shield and spear discarded nearby, her body language dejected.
“It’s Britannia,” says Frank.
“There was a rebellion in Roman Britain in 154AD but the Romans crushed it. This coin was an early example of Roman propaganda: it’s one of the first images of Britannia, [the personification of Britain].”