Camelot Kingdom coinage of King Arthur: While contemporary tales and
films tend to place King Arthur in the 10th to 12th centuries, historians
tell us that the real historic King Arthur lived much earlier... in the 5th
to 6th centuries, just after the fall of the Roman Emprire. So... here is a
coin as the real Arthur Pendragon himself might have issued it... in late
Roman style with Latin inscriptions.
2.30g .900Ag, 19mm in diameter, Ruler: Arthur Pendragon. Issued circa 500 CE
to honor Arthur's greatest victory. Mintage: 500
The work is
much better than most contemporary examples of the period... but then we
presume that Arthur would have permitted only the finest available work to
bear his name and image.
The portrait is modeled on those of the mid-third century Gallic Emperors,
who were more rugged looking and shown wearing the radiate crown. Originally
rays of light around a portraits head indicated deification. By the mid
third century, the coin portraits clearly show the rays had become a metal
head band with spikes, tied at the back with a ribbon, and worn rather
casually toward the back of the head. It was probably the inspiration for
medieval crowns. The drapery suggests the Roman military wool cloak worn on
campaigns. The inscription is in Romanesque Latin, ARTORIUS DUX BELLORUM BRIT (anniae), meaning
"Arthur, War Lord of Britain". Arthur was regarded as the last "Roman"
leader in Britain at a time when rex, meaning king, was regarded as a
On reverse, The victorious winged female figure bearing palm frond and
laurel wreath, personifying victory, was at that time gradually morphing
into a Christian image of an angel. MONS BADONIS refers to the Battle of
Badon Hill, Arthurs greatest victory (circa 490). PCAM is the Roman style
mint designation, standing for Pecunia Camelot." This coin is also available
as a copper "Half As" (5.50g Mintage: 200) and also available as a gold "Solidus"
(3.30g Mintage: 12)