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 Post subject: Roman coins found off Lytham Green
PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:37 am 
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Around 16 "numis" Roman coins dating from the reign of Magnentius 350-353AD have been found in the sand off Lytham Green in the last 12 months. One of them displays a "chi-ro" symbol as found in the catacombs of Rome and which is the earliest symbol of Christianity. It is capital X over a capital P which are the first two letters in Greek of "Christ". As such, it is possibly the earliest symbol of Christianity ever to appear on the Fylde coast, as the Roman Empire only converted under Constantine around 323AD. Photograph attached.
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 Post subject: Re: Roman coins found off Lytham Green
PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 12:54 pm 
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Thanks, Gary - what are they made of? They seemed to have suffered badly in the sand.


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 Post subject: Re: Roman coins found off Lytham Green
PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:11 pm 
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The coins are made of copper alloy and were the lowest denomination coins used by the Romans, i.e. their farthings. I find it appropriate in a way that it is such a humble little coin that carries the chi-ro symbol.


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