Монети от проучването на обект „Стефан Караджа" № 1 в Кюстендил
Keywords:Pautalia; Roman provincial coins; Roman imperial coins; Late Antiquity
The study examines the coins discovered during the investigation of a Roman public building dated from the second half of the 2nd - early 6th century. A total of 48 coins, six of which obliterated, belong to three sub-periods: second half of the 2nd - mid-3rd century, the 260s - mid-5th, and early 6th century. The coins of the first period represent provincial bronze (9 pieces) of the mints in Pautalia, Serdica, Anchialo and Nicaea. Following a hiatus of around 15 years is a group of coins from 260 to the mid-5th century (32 pieces). The original antique building was destroyed in the middle or second half of the 3rd century after a massive fire as a result of the Gothic invasions, further confirmed by the discovered coins. The coins from the second half of the 3rd to the mid-5th century continue smoothly without noticeable breaks. The latest coin from this period is the minima of Theodosius II, struck in 425-450 AD. Most coins have a terminus post quem 450 AD, as evident by the study of the coins from other archaeological sites on the territory of Pautalia and the data from the collective coin finds. The information from the archaeological excavations in Pautalia, reveals traces of severe fires and destructions, synchronous to the coins of the middle of 5th century, caused by the Hun invasion of 447 AD. The latest coin found during the site's archaeological investigation as ae pentanumium of the first half of the 6th century, struck after a hiatus of more than 50 years.