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Flavian Coins

Coins of the Flavian emperors (Vespasian, Titus and Domitian) are found more widely across Wales and their distributions reflect the militarization of the physical landscape after 77. Coins of all metals - especially silver and bronze - are recovered from most parts of Wales and there is no difference in the spatial distributions of high and low value coinage of this period.

On the other hand, Roman coins of the occupation years at the end of the first century did not penetrate the highest parts of central Wales other than along river valleys. In these areas Roman coins apparently were not used beyond the limits of the forts and their vici.

 


 

Nonetheless, it is clear that Roman coinage was brought to Wales by the army and that this westernmost part of Britain was effectively monetized in only one or two decades after the conquest, although some areas took to using coins more readily than others.