|BCC114||1600th Anniversary of Romans Leaving Britian Coin Cover, holding a genuine Roman coin, unsigned||£50.00||Limited Availability|
|BCC114S||1600th Anniversary of Romans Leaving Britian Coin Cover, signed by Sir Derek Jacobi||£75.00||Buy Now|
|BCC114SET||Romans Leave Britain: 10 coin covers, each holding a DIFFERENT genuine Roman coin||£550.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 01/03/2010
Issue Name: Romans Leave Britian Coin Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The Roman's finally left Britain in 410AD. This cover marks the 1600th anniversary since they went. This superb coin cover has a genuine Roman coin encapsulated in it. Just think about it, the coin in your cover was used to buy things at least 1600 years ago! The cover is illustrated with a stunning painting by Henry A Payne called "Departure of Romans from Britain after the sacking of Rome 410A.D." from Hutchinson's Story of the British Nation. Each cover is postmarked on the anniversary date, 16th January 2010, at Dover, a town rich with Roman history and an important port of the time, from which many people believe the Romans left Britain forever. It bears 2 classic Roman Britain GB stamps issued by Royal Mail in 1993.
But of course, the most incredible thing about this cover is the coin. It really is genuine - a piece of history from over 1600 years ago. Each cover comes with a certificate from the a leading coin expert. Our signed editions are personally autographed by multi award winning actor, Sir Derek Jacobi CBE who famously played Emperor Claudius in BBC's blockbuster series I, Claudius, the role that shot him to stardom.
In 43 A.D., Emperor Claudius organised the successful Roman invasion of Britain. He sent 4 legions - a total of 25, 000 men and the same number of auxiliary soldiers. They crossed the Channel in 3 divisions, landing at Richborough, Dover and Lympne and spread outwards from the conquered lands. But they never overcame the north.
The Romans brought civilisation to a relatively primitive people. They built straight, surfaced roads and aqueducts. Their buildings far surpassed anything in Britain previously and included luxuries like central heating, hot water & baths. Their legacy includes the calender, the basis of our laws and much of our language.
The Romans remained in Britain for 400 years. Finally, as the Empire was crumbling and Rome was being attacked, they were recalled to Rome in 410A.D.
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Sir Derek George Jacobi CBE is an English actor and stage director. A "forceful, commanding stage presence", Jacobi has enjoyed a successful stage career, appearing in such stage productions as Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, and Oedipus the King