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New Coin Reveals More About Mysterious Roman Emperor - 2004-02-25


A newly discovered Roman coin is shedding new light on a mysterious Roman emperor who may have breifly ruled over modern-day Britain in the third century.

The coin, which goes on display at the British Museum, features the name and image of Domitianus, who some historians say is believed to have ruled Britain in 271.

Little is known about Domitianus, whose image was also found on a coin discovered in France about 100 years ago. But experts surmise that since such few coins bear his image, Domitianus likely did not rule long.

The new coin was found stuck together with thousands of other coins inside an earthenware pot in Oxfordshire.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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